Printmakers’ Printmaker

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

Printmakers’ Printmakers:
2018 – Flora McLachlan
2017 – Georgina Bown
2016 – a year out
2015 – Fouzia Zafar
2014 – Joanna Bourne
2013 – Rosemary Vanns
2012 – Ross Loveday
2011 – Angela Harding
2010 – Henrietta Corbett
2009 – Julia Manning
2008 – Raymond Higgs
2007 – Simon Ripley
2004 – Shelley Burgoyne

Printmakers’ Printmaker 2018 ~ Flora McLachlan

The Printmakers’ Printmaker Award was presented to a stunned Flora McLachlan! We are delighted to be able to look forward to welcoming her back in 2019. Here she is receiving her Award certificate from Printfest Patron Alan Stones.

“I make etchings, biting deeply then sandpapering to attack and sculpt the plate surface until the atmosphere is right. In contrast, working with lithography I watch the flow of the washes and follow the idea onwards as I draw. These contrasting approaches express my lyrical response to landscape. I’m fascinated by landscape as an expression of human history, shaped by the way it is used; and in how certain places can awake the memory of our shared inheritance of folk and fairy tale, the sense of wonder and mystery that lies deep in all of us.”