We are delighted to welcome our patron Tim Robertson:
Tim Robertson has had a lifelong involvement in the arts. Formerly Director of the Royal Society of Literature, based in London’s Somerset House and Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust, the national organisation for arts in prisons. He has managed exhibitions and events in many venues including the British Library, the ICA and Southbank Centre in London, the BALTIC in Gateshead, the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, National Museums Liverpool, MAC Birmingham, Tramway in Glasgow, and the Venice Biennale. He has worked with artists including Jeremy Deller, Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas and Grayson Perry. Tim and his husband Neil divide their time between King’s Cross in London and a second home in Coniston. They are Quakers, and avid hill-walkers, currently just over half way through the 214 Wainwright fells.
“I feel honoured and excited to support Printfest as a patron. Printmaking has always struck me as one of the most fascinating and engaging forms of visual art. I’m so pleased to see printmakers get the showcase they deserve, with a home in the delightful town of Ulverston and a reach wide beyond.”
Photograph of Tim by Jason Ashwood
We are delighted to welcome our patron Alan Stones:
Alan Stones is a painter and printmaker living and working in the Cumbrian hamlet of Blencarn, just below Cross Fell on the Northern Pennines. He graduated from St. Martin’s School of Art, London in 1971 and has been working full-time as an artist ever since.
In 1984 Alan won a Gulbenkian Foundation Award to experiment in printmaking. This was the beginning of the creation of some 120 editions, to date, of his hugely popular lithographs – firstly working with master printer John Sutcliffe at Lowick House Print Workshop in Cumbria, then for a period at Northern Print and since 2000 from his own workshop at Blencarn. He has had a great many solo exhibitions of his work including touring exhibitions in UK public galleries . . . plus one touring exhibition on the Falkland Islands!
“I am honoured and absolutely delighted to become a Patron of Printfest. I vividly remember exhibiting in the very first Printfest back in 2001 when there were just 22 exhibitors. Since then, thanks to many wonderfully dedicated and enthusiastic supporters, Printfest has grown and developed, always presenting serious printmaking and always with fun. It is a very special event in the UK printmaking calendar.”