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 distributed across the North of England, on all our posters, advertisements, invitations, tickets and on the cover of the exhibition catalogue.
Printmaker of the Year 2023:
Hilary Paynter hilarypaynter.com
You can see past Printmakers of the Year here
Printmakers’ Printmaker Award
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.
Printmakers’ Printmaker 2023:
Sally Adkins sallyadkins.com
You can see past Printmakers’ Printmakers here
YOUNG Printmaker the Year Award, one for Primary, one for Secondary
In 2023 Printfest launched the YOUNG Printmaker of the Year Awards. All participating schools and students respond to a Printfest brief. The winners of these two awards are selected by the Printmakers’ Printmaker once the work has been hung at The Coro. The winners were presented with their certificates at assembly at their respective schools.
YOUNG Printmakers of the Year 2023:
Shannon from Ulverston Victoria High School
Peter from Broughton-in-Furness School
Read more here
Awarded to artists based on the body of work on their stand:
Visitors’ Choice Award
Sponsored by James Cropper PLC
Zillah Bell Gallery Award
Kunstprenteverket Awards x 2
Individual Print Awards
Awagami Paper Award
Chris Benefield Memorial Award
Cranfield Awards x 2
Hawthorn Printmaker Award
Intaglio Printmaker Award
NEW for 2023! Intaglio were in the foyer at The Coro where visitors were able to test out some of the printmaking tools, inks and papers that are available to order. Adam Sutherland of Grizedale Arts in Coniston selected the winner.
Ironbridge Printmakers Award
For 2023 McClures are donating a Hamper to the Printfest Raffle