Awards 2017-09-28T14:29:16+00:00


Printfest Awards:
Printmaker of the Year Award
2017 Jason Hicklin
2018 Printmaker of the Year to be announced
Printmakers’ Printmaker Award
2017 winner Georgina Bown

There were 7 new awards in 2017:
Visitors’ Choice Award
Sponsored by James Cropper PLC
2017 winner Mark Pearce
Selected Print Awards
Awagami Paper Award
Won by Chris Salmon
Haigh Award
won by Anja Percival
McClures Award
won by Mark Pearce
Chris Benefield Memorial Award
won by Clare Cutts
Founders Award
won by Katie Edwards
Hawthorn Printmakers
won by John Hatton

The Printmaker of the Year Award
In 2008 Printfest launched the first Printmaker of the Year Award. Each year we work in partnership with a print studio or gallery to select a Printmaker of the Year. Since 2010, the Printmaker of the Year has created a commissioned print during a residency in South Cumbria and exhibited their work at Printfest. A selected piece from the Artist’s work is used on all Printfest’s marketing material; from the early promotional flyer, with a print run of 70,000 distributed across the North West, North East and Manchester, on all our posters, advertisements, invitations, tickets and on the cover of the exhibition catalogue.

Printmaker of the Year for 2017 was Jason Hicklin

The next Printmaker of the Year will be selected in October/November 2017. You can see past Printmakers of the Year here.

Printmakers’ Printmaker 2017
In 2007 Printfest launched the Printmakers’ Printmaker Award. Over the Printfest weekend each year, we ask the exhibiting artists to nominate their favourite exhibitor. That artist becomes our Printmakers’ Printmaker, an accolade which is particularly meaningful to artists as it reflects recognition by their peers.

We are delighted to welcome Printmakers’ Printmaker 2017:
Georgina Bown

You can see past Printmakers’ Printmakers here

Visitors’ Choice (New)
Sponsored by James Cropper PLC
We are delighted to welcome Visitors’ Choice 2017:
Mark Pearce

Selected Print Awards (New) click the links to find out more about these sponsors

Awagami Paper Award (New)
The Awagami Paper Award of 100 sheets of washi papers is comprised of 50 sheets of ‘Bamboo Select’ and 50 sheets of ‘Kitakata Select’.
This was awarded to Chris Salmon

Haigh Award (New)
This award was presented to Anja Percival by Roger Haigh

McClures Award (New)
This award was presented to Mark Pearce by Keith McClure

Chris Benefield Memorial Award (New)
This award was presented to Clare Cutts by Janet Benefield

Founders’ Award (New)
This award was presented to Katie Edwards by the founders Judy Evans and Ronkey Bullard

Hawthorn Printmakers (New)
This award was presented to John Hatton by Barry Rushton