Patrons 2018-03-29T17:23:16+00:00


Patrons at Printfest play a special role through their life experiences that support Printfest in untold ways. We are immensely grateful to them.

In 2017 Tim Robertson became our first Patron. He gave the opening speech at the Private View; he talked about the importance of Art in all our lives, the impact it has in both creating it and in living with it. Tim presented all the Awards to Artists, closing the weekend on Sunday afternoon with by presenting the Visitors’ Choice Award.

For 2018 Printfest is delighted to welcome Alan Stones as our second Patron. Alan brings a wealth of experience in printmaking and exhibited at the very first Printfest in 2001.

We welcome Patrons to Printfest, and would love hear from all those who feel that they could support Printfest in this capacity.

We are delighted to welcome our patron Tim Robertson:

Tim Robertson has had a lifelong involvement in the arts. In June 2018 he becomes Chief Executive of The Anne Frank Trust UK, which runs exhibitions about Anne Frank as a means for overcoming prejudice and discrimination. His previous roles include Director of the Royal Society of Literature, based in London’s Somerset House, and Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust, the national body for arts in prisons. He has managed exhibitions and events in venues including the British Library, the Royal Festival Hall, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the BALTIC in Gateshead, the Wales Millennium Centre, 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 London and a second home in Coniston. They are Quakers, and have to date walked 156 of the 214 Wainwright fells of the Lake District.

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 Neil Jarvis

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.