We are grateful for the tremendous support of our Sponsors

Printfest Awards 2018:

New Awards for 2018:
Sponsored by Zillah Bell Gallery
Best Newcomer to Printfest
Cranfield Colour
First prize Award
Second prize Award

Awards offered for the second year:
Visitors’ Choice Award
Sponsored by James Cropper PLC
Individual Print awards:
Awagami Paper Award
Haigh Award
McClures Award
Chris Benefield Memorial Award
Founders’ Award
Hawthorn Printmaker Award

Prize Draw Sponsor
Abacus Resources offers three
printmaker starter packs for visitors.

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:

Zillah Bell Gallery Sponsor the Best Newcomer to Printfest Award

We are very excited to announce a NEW Award for Printfest 2018 ~ The Zillah Bell Gallery ‘Best Newcomer to Printfest” 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.

Zillah Bell is often described as one of ‘Yorkshire’s best kept secrets’, this leading contemporary fine art gallery was established in 1988. 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. Exhibitions change monthly, representing and promoting an extraordinarily wide range of both established and emerging artists. The Zillah Bell Gallery holds the largest collection of Norman Ackroyd’s etchings in the North of England.

The Cranfield Awards – NEW for 2018

With colour in the blood Cranfield have been manufacturing printmaking inks, for three generations. Our 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 our water-based block inks and the more traditional oil based inks for etching, relief, litho and letterpress.

Based in South Wales, Cranfield (who also manufacture Spectrum and Cranfield Artists’ Paints) are pleased to support Printfest 2018 and provide awards to make this year’s event memorable for at least two printmakers!

Cranfield are offering two awards for 2018

Abacus Resources, Sponsors of the Visitors’ Prize Draw

The Prize Draw is THREE fabulous Printmaking Starter Kits for three lucky winners! The Prize Draw is open to every Visitor to Printfest. All you do is complete your admission ticket, fill in your favourite artist’s name for the Visitor’s Choice award, and tell us about your visit!

These three kits have been carefully put together by Abacus Resources in Carnforth to ensure you have just what you need to get started with printmaking. Your kit will include items such as a silkscreen frame with squeegee, lino sheet with lino cutting set and roller, ink and paper, and more! Several of our artists use the silkscreen method and many more the linocut method, our Printmaker of the Year Gail Brodholt works in linocut!

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 – a superb selection of products and services specifically for all Visual Arts & Creative Studies departments. Fine Art, Graphics, Printmaking, whatever your field they are there to help.


Awagami Paper Award ~ second year

“Awagami Factory” is a brand of Japanese washi papers produced solely in Tokushima, Japan. Awagami operates on 8 generations of family knowledge and skill focusing on quality and refinement within this world-heritage craft. Awagami papers are used by the worlds leading artists and printmakers and unlike other washi of unknown origin, guarantee their papers 100%.

Responding to the needs of artists and creators, Awagami strives to incorporate washi paper into contemporary society and is known as a modern-day facilitator of washi culture. Besides creating the worlds most trusted Japanese papers, Awagami also operates a paper museum, runs international papermaking workshops, maintains an ongoing artist-in-residency program and a multi-disciplinary printmaking lab. The mill also collaborates with artists on custom-made papers and has created the Awagami International Miniprint Exhibition; a juried printmaking show (for works on any type of washi) with over $10,000 award in cash and prizes.

It is Awagami’s desire to promote the beauty of Japanese washi and to proudly pass washi culture on to the next generation….and then well on into the future.

James Cropper Sponsor The Visitors’ Choice Award for a second year
We create some of the world’s most distinctive and technically advanced paper products, using materials from cotton and wood to carbon fibre. We support industries from packaging to digital imaging and aerospace with products that are at the cutting edge of performance.

Haigh Award ~ second 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 2018 Roger will be presenting the second Haigh Award for an individual print. 


McClures Award ~ second year
Founded in 1945 by Bill McClure, the company is now in the hands of the third generation of McClures. After more than 70 years we still have the same passion and drive to deliver good quality service to our customers. Not only do we provide recognised national brands, but we strive to support a range of locally produced products, helping to promote regional sustainability. We are pleased to announce that at Printfest 2018 Keith will be presenting the second McClures Award for an individual print.


Chris Benefield Memorial Award ~ second 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 it’s in it’s 16th year, it’s the UK’s artist-led printmaking festival with a hard working committee that Chris was Chairman of until just a few years ago.


Founders’ Award ~ second 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.

Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies ~ second year
Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies is a family run business, offering a high quality range of printmaking equipment to artists. We manufacture our own range of presses and unique Stay Open inks along with all other printmaking supplies. We have been established since 2006 offering a bespoke service throughout the UK, since then we have continued to grow and now have clients all over the world. We strive to provide the highest quality range of products and service and look forward to working with you in the future. We are delighted to offer a Voucher as an Award for the second year running.