Information for submissions 2017-05-13T23:08:55+00:00

Information for Submissions

Printfest took place on 29/30th April 2017

Submissions for 2018 open on 1st October

information for submissions

Do Printfest take commission on sales?
Printfest 2017 will be mainly self-funded, we charge a stand fee to artists and entrance fees to the public. Printfest does not take commission on sales.

How much does a stand cost?
The fee for each stand is £290.

What size is the stand?
It comprises of five white-painted wooden screens (180cm tall x 80cm wide), offering an approximate hanging space of 3.5m, with a 3-spotlight bar. Plinths, tables, stools and browsers can be brought in by the artists provided they do not creep onto visitor walkways or neighbouring stands.

What is the preferred method of hanging?
The only way to hang framed prints is to screw directly into the screen.

How and when do you apply?
The application process opens at 6am Saturday 1st October 2016 and closes at midnight on Sunday 1st January 2017.
Make sure you are ready to complete your application by having these items to hand:
> four images in JPG format (see image guidelines below),
> your 100-word artist statement (see examples here),
> a brief CV,
> payment method with a stamped addressed envelope if applying by post.

Can you apply on-line?
On-line applications can be made by using the on-line Application Form here, however, we also accept applications via email and post.

Email – Download the Application Form (in Word) here, fill in your details, email with your CV and images to stating payment method.

Post – Download the Application Form here, fill in your details and post with your CV, memory stick (see How do you send your images below) and cheque to: Printfest, Duddon Lodge, Duddon Bridge, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA20 6EU

What is the payment method?
Paypal: Click the Paypal button to pay using Paypal, debit or credit card.
Cheque: Email your application form to, together with your attachments/enclosures (see below) and post your cheque made payable to Ulverston Printfest to: Duddon Lodge, Duddon Bridge, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA20 6EU.

What sort of Printmaking do you accept?
We accept all types of original hand-made prints. We cannot accept mass produced reproductions, such as laser prints or giclée prints. For types of hand-made prints see here.

Who will make the selection of artists?
Selection will be made by the Printfest committee, a number of whom are printmakers themselves. For 2017 we are inviting a guest judge who is also a prominent printmaker to join the committee in the selection process.

Are there any awards available?
Yes, there are several awards given out each year and with help from local sponsorship we are pleased to announce that we are now increasing the number of awards. For more details, see here.

What format do the images need to be?
The four images you send need to be the best quality you can give in order for the selection panel to make the most informed selection. They should be JPGs, 300dpi and a 1MG file size for printing in the catalogue.

If you are unable to have your work photographed or scanned professionally, please follow these guidelines:
> use a tripod
> ensure that there is enough light available and that it is even
> ensure your image is squared up on the camera screen
> do not include the frame
> set the camera to auto
> avoid shadows

How should you label your images?
Please label your images with your name and the title of the work eg. Firstname-Surname-Title. Please indicate which of the images you would like to be used in the catalogue by adding ‘Cat’ eg. Firstname-Surname-Title-Cat.

How do you send your images?
On-line: You can up-load your images on the on-line Application Form.

Email: You can email your images to with your Application Form.

Post: No CDs. You can load your images to a memory stick and with your Application Form post to: Duddon Lodge, Duddon Bridge, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA20 6EU.

What are Printfest’s promotional activity plans?
In February 2017 flyers will be produced and distributed to key sites in Cumbria, Manchester, Glasgow, the North East and the North West in key cultural and tourist locations. Advertising takes place in the local press and tourism supplements. There is a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter and direct marketing through Mail Chimp.

1,000 catalogues are printed. We know that many visitors keep their catalogues year on year. The catalogue will carry advertising from local businesses and fellow arts organisations.

A promotional kit will be sent to exhibiting Printfest Printmakers via email for use in your area and on social media.

Terms & conditions
1 All work must be original and created by the artist.

2 All work must be hand-made prints by the artist’s hand. Mass produced reproductions (giclée and laser prints) are not accepted.

3 All work displayed must be for sale.

4 Artists must be in attendance with their work throughout the Printfest weekend

5 Artists cannot sublet their space or any part of it to another party without prior permission. Artists wanting to share a stand must each be individually selected. If one artist is declined, the remaining selected artist can go ahead alone.

6 Artists cannot display the work or services of another party without prior permission.

7 Stands are non-transferable.

8 Stand fees must be paid in full by 1st January 2017.

9 Payment from selected artists is non-refundable once selection has been made.

10 Your stand fee will be refunded if not selected.

11 Please note that your application is only confirmed on receipt of payment.

12 In the event of the Printfest Art Fair being cancelled your stand fee will be refunded to you, less any expenditure made on your behalf.

13 Artists are responsible for their own public liability insurance, and insurance of their own work. We recommend joining the A-N Air scheme or the SAA Gold cover.