A HUGE Thank You to our Sponsors for these Awards for Artists 2019

Best Newcomer
Sponsored by Zillah Bell Gallery
Visitors’ Choice Award
Sponsored by James Cropper PLC
Individual Print Awards
Sponsored by:
Awagami Paper Award
Cranfield Awards x 2
Haigh Award
McClures Award
Chris Benefield Memorial Award
Founders’ Award
Hawthorn Printmaker Award

New for 2019:
Handprinted Award
TPFramework Award

Visitors’ Prize Draw
Sponsored by Abacus Resources who offer three printmaker starter kits for three lucky winners

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

We are grateful for these sponsors:

The Cranfield Awards
£150 1st Prize & £100 2nd Prize ~  For the second year ~
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.
2019 winners: Debby Akam and Babs Pease
2018 winners: Simon Ripley and Rahil Sheikh

Zillah Bell Gallery Sponsor the Best Newcomer Award
The winner will be offered a solo exhibition in the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk, which plays host to some of the best printmakers’ shows in the country. Awarded for the second year
Zillah Bell is often described as one of ‘Yorkshire’s best kept secrets’. Over the years the gallery has earned the reputation as a place to view and purchase a wide range of works by local, national and international artists. The Zillah Bell Gallery holds the largest collection of Norman Ackroyd’s etchings in the North of England.
2019 winner: Amy Hutson
2018 winner: Morna Rhys

James Cropper Sponsor The Visitors’ Choice Award 
£250 ~  For the third year ~
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.
2019 winner: Anja Percival
2018 winner: Gail Mason
2017 winner: Mark Pearce


Awagami Paper Award
$300 Awagami editioning papers ~ For the third year ~
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
2019 winner: Jane Mowat
2018 winner: Laura Boswell
2017 winner: Chris Salmon

Haigh Award
£250 ~  For the third year ~
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 2019 Roger will be presenting the third Haigh Award for an individual print.
2019 winner: Ian Phillips
2018 winner: Henrietta Corbett
2017 winner: Anja Percival


McClures Award
£250  ~ For the third year ~
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.
2019 winner: Michael Devereux
2018 winner: Janis Goodman
2017 winner: Mark Pearce

Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies
£50 ~ For the third year ~
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.
2019 winner: Anja Percival
2018 winner: Geri Waddington
2017 winner: John Hatton

Handprinted Award
£50 ~ New for 2019!
Handprinted has been trading on-line since 2003. Set up by Shirley Scott a printmaker and teacher, she has had hands on experience of using our products, so usually know the pitfalls. They are passionate about their products and committed to expanding their range. If you are trying to track down a particular product or need advice about using a product please contact them on 01243 696789 or drop them a line at shop@handprinted.co.uk
2018 winner: Helen Murgatroyd


Chris Benefield Memorial Award
£200 ~ For the third year ~
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.
2019 winner: Kelly Stewart
2018 winner: Gail Mason
2017 winner: Clare Cutts


Founders’ Award
£100 ~ For the third year ~
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 individual print that touches the spot of quirkyness they both enjoy.
2019 winner: Simon Tozer
2018 winner: Adele Burdon
2017 winner: Katie Edwards

Abacus Resources, Sponsors of the Visitors’ Prize Draw
Three starter kits valued at £150 each ~ For the second year ~
The Prize Draw is a printmaking starter kit for three 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.

TPFramework Award
£100 for framing or framing products ~ New for 2019!
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.
2019 winner: Moira McTague