Awarded to artists based on the body of work on their stand:

Visitors’ Choice Award
Sponsored by James Cropper PLC
Zillah Bell Gallery Award
Founders’ Award

Individual Print Awards

Awagami Paper Award
Chris Benefield Memorial Award
Cranfield Awards x 2
Essdee Award
Haigh Award
Handprinted Award
Hawthorn Printmaker Award
Ironbridge Printmaker Award
Kuntzprenteverket Award x 2
McClures Award
TPFramework Award

The Visitors’ Prize Draw
Sponsored by
Abacus Creative Resources
There are two printmaking starter kits to be won, valued at around £200 each.

Award winners and links to their websites are listed on the Awards page here

If you are interested in supporting Printfest please get in touch by email on printfest@gmail.com

Back in 2020 the award sponsors put out a little bit of good news! 

Printfest Award Sponsors did something wonderful – many of them offered their awards for Printfest 2020 during lockdown-one by viewing the artists’ work online – this year they will offer them again by looking at their work ‘in the flesh’ at Printfest 2022! 

Jo McChesney receives her Kunstprenteverket award certificate from Patron Ceri Hutton

We are grateful for these sponsors:

James Cropper Sponsor The Visitors’ Choice Award

£250 cash ~
James Cropper PLC create some of the world’s most distinctive and technically advanced paper products, using materials from cotton and wood to carbon fibre. They support industries from packaging to digital imaging and aerospace with products that are at the cutting edge of performance.

2022 winner: Jenny McCabe
2019 winner: Anja Percival
2018 winner: Gail Mason
2017 winner: Mark Pearce

Zillah Bell Gallery Award

The winner will be offered a solo exhibition at Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk, which plays host to some of the best printmakers’ shows in the country. Awarded for the fourth year.

Established for over 30 years, Zillah Bell Gallery is a leading contemporary fine art gallery specialising in original prints, in addition to paintings and ceramics. Exhibitions change monthly, representing and promoting a wide range of established and emerging artists. The gallery also holds the largest collection of Norman Ackroyd’s work outside of his studio. Please contact Zillah Bell on 01845 522479 or email info@zillahbellgallery.co.uk if you would like to view works from the archive.

2022 winner: Ian Phillips
2020 winner: Sally Adkins
2019 winner: Amy Hutson
2018 winner: Morna Rhys


Founders’ Award

£100 cash ~
Judy Evans and Ronkey Bullard are the founders of Printfest. They are both printmakers. The Founders have set up this award for the pleasure of selecting an artist printmaker that touches the spot of quirkiness they both enjoy.

2022 winner: Nell Smith
2020 winner: Rahil Sheikh
2019 winner: Simon Tozer
2018 winner: Adele Burdon
2017 winner: Katie Edwards


Awagami Paper Award

£250 value of Awagami editioning papers ~
Awagami papers are crafted exclusively at their Tokushima Mill in Japan with the refined artistry and knowledge gained through their eight generations of washi papermaking. Awagami Editioning papers are 100% acid-free and made with a strict attention to professional artist quality and preservation.

2022 winner: Rahil Sheikh
2019 winner: Jane Mowat
2018 winner: Laura Boswell
2017 winner: Chris Salmon

Ironbridge Printmakers Award

£150 ~ of printmaking materials and equipment ~
Ironbridge Fine Arts & Printmaking is a family run business situated in the picturesque Shropshire town of Ironbridge. We have a beautiful gallery space, print workshop, rentable artist studio space where we offer on-site workshops. We hand build and design our Gunning Etching presses. Our gallery is open to the public and houses one of the largest collections of work from Shropshire’s most talented artists as well as offering a range of printmaking materials. Our passion for printmaking grows daily, we love seeing the joy it brings to other printmakers. We love what we do and enjoy seeing the positive effect and support that we can give to our customers.

2022 winner: Jenny McCabe


Chris Benefield Memorial Award

£200 cash ~
Through inspiration from Chris, upstairs at the Tinners’ Rabbit Fine Art Gallery in Ulverston, local artists gathered to talk about their dreams, beliefs and philosophy; This is where Printfest was born, the dream of Judy Evans & Ronkey Bullard, to set up a festival for printmakers. Today Printfest is in it’s 19th year and is the UK’s foremost artist-led printmaking festival, with a hard working committee that Chris was Chairman of until just a few years ago.

2022 winner: Alan Stones
2020 winner: Lou Davis
2019 winner: Kelly Stewart
2018 winner: Gail Mason
2017 winner: Clare Cutts

The Cranfield Awards x 2

£150 1st Prize & £100 2nd Prize value of printmaking inks ~
With colour in the blood Cranfield have been manufacturing printmaking inks, for three generations. Their oil based ‘Caligo’ inks (that wash with soap & water) contributed to the nontoxic revival of printmaking in the 1990’s. The Caligo formulations for etching and relief sit alongside their water-based block inks and the more traditional oil based inks for etching, relief, litho and letterpress.

2022 winners: Mark Pearce and Alexandra Buckle
2019 winners: Debby Akam and Babs Pease
2018 winners: Simon Ripley and Rahil Sheikh

The Essdee Award

£150 value printmaking materials ~

Essdee is a UK manufacturer of block printing and Scraperboard products. Their products include the world-famous ‘grey’ Lino as well as SoftCut and MasterCut carving blocks, Lino carving tools, Barens, Brayers, stamp making materials, block printing inks and Scraperboard. They also make a variety of printing kits, which offer the perfect introduction to printmaking for all ages and abilities. Their comprehensive range of products is designed to inspire the next generation of artists and printmakers.

2022 winner: Helen Murgatroyd
2020 winner: Babs Pease

Haigh Award

£250 cash ~
Roger Haigh is both an architect and a supporter of the arts. He has collected artworks from all over the UK and more especially from local artists. His architectural empathy is in renovation and restoration. We are pleased to announce that at Printfest 2022 Roger will be presenting the fifth Haigh Award for an individual print.

2022 winner: Alison Diamond
2020 winner: Helen Murgatroyd
2019 winner: Ian Phillips
2018 winner: Henrietta Corbett
2017 winner: Anja Percival

Handprinted Award

£150 value printmaking materials ~
Handprinted has been selling printmaking and dyeing materials online since 2003 when it was set up by Shirley Scott: a printmaker and teacher. All the staff have hands-on printmaking experience so usually know the pitfalls! They are passionate about printmaking and committed to expanding their range. If you are trying to track down a particular product or need any printmaking advice, please contact Handprinted on 01243 696789 or email shop@handprinted.co.uk

2022 winner: Cath Brooke
2020 winner: Nell Smith
2019 winner: Helen Murgatroyd

Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies Award

£150 value printmaking materials ~
Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies is a family run business, offering a high quality range of printmaking equipment to artists. They manufacture their own range of presses and unique Stay Open inks along with all other printmaking supplies. They have been established since 2006 offering a bespoke service throughout the UK, since then they have continued to grow and now have clients all over the world.

2022 winner: Moira McTague
2020 winner: Ian Phillips
2019 winner: Anja Percival
2018 winner: Geri Waddington
2017 winner: John Hatton

Kunstprenteverket Award

£100 1st Prize & £50 2nd Prize cash ~
Kunstprenteverket is a Norwegian printmaking studio dedicated to the preservation of traditional printmaking techniques and equipment. The studio has facilities for lithography, etching/intaglio, relief and letterpress, and bookmaking and papermaking, and offers edition printing, residencies, workshops, courses, and an open-access studio.
The Kunstprenteverket Award for traditional printmaking will be given to a printmaker who, through an individual print or a range of works, shows his/her mastery of a traditional printmaking technique.

Kunstprenteverket translates as The Art Printworks or The Art Press. Formally known as Atelier S8

2022 winners: Jo McChesney and Anthony Ratcliffe
2020 Winners: Jenny McCabe and Janis Goodman


McClures Award

£250 cash ~
McClures are a family run wholesaler based in Windermere delivering in a 70 mile radius with fresh, ambient and frozen foods to the catering industry. Not only do they provide recognised national brands, but they strive to support a range of locally produced products, helping to promote regional sustainability.

2022 winner: Adele Burdon
2020 winner: James Bywood
2019 winner: Michael Devereux
2018 winner: Janis Goodman
2017 winner: Mark Pearce

TPFramework Award

£100 for framing or framing products ~
We are an independant picture framers and gift gallery based in Ulverston in the South Lakes on the edge of the beautiful Lake District in Cumbria. We stock a range of unique and affordable gifts, many produced locally. This includes original art, prints, cards, jewellery, ceramics, soaps, fused glass and ornaments. And, we can frame just about anything. You can also be sure of a warm welcome from Daisy dog.

2022 winner: James Green
2020 winner: Laura Boswell
2019 winner: Moira McTague

Abacus Resources, Sponsors of the Visitors’ Prize Draw

Two starter kits valued at £150 each ~ For the third year ~
The Prize Draw is a printmaking starter kit for two lucky winners! Open to every Visitor to Printfest. All you need do is complete your admission ticket, fill in your favourite artist’s name for the Visitors’ Choice award, and tell us about your visit! Abacus Resources stock a genuinely exciting range of creative art supplies & resources. In fact, it’s one of the most comprehensive, diverse, and inspirational collections of this kind in the UK specifically for all Visual Arts & Creative Studies departments including Fine Art, Graphics and Printmaking.

The winners will be picked from the box and the winners will be contacted by email.