All our wonderful Sponsors are back for 2020, and we have a new one too, as well as the Visitors’ Prize Draw!

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

Visitors’ Choice Award
Sponsored by James Cropper PLC

Best Newcomer
Sponsored by Zillah Bell Gallery

Founders’ Award

Individual Print Awards

Awagami Paper Award
Atelier S8 Award x 2
Chris Benefield Memorial Award
Cranfield Awards x 2
Haigh Award
Hawthorn Printmaker Award
Handprinted Award
McClures Award
TPFramework Award

The Visitors’ Prize Draw x 2
Sponsored Abacus Creative Resources
the two prizes are printmaker starter packs.

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:

James Cropper Sponsor The Visitors’ Choice Award 

£250 ~  For the fourth 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

Zillah Bell Gallery Sponsor the Best Newcomer 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 third 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.

2019 winner: Amy Hutson
2018 winner: Morna Rhys


Founders’ Award

£100 ~ For the fourth 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 artist printmaker that touches the spot of quirkiness they both enjoy.
2019 winner: Simon Tozer
2018 winner: Adele Burdon
2017 winner: Katie Edwards


Awagami Paper Award

$300 Awagami editioning papers ~ For the fourth 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

Atelier S8 Awards x 2

£100 1st Prize & £50 2nd Prize ~ TWO NEW awards for 2020 ~
Atelier S8 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 offers edition printing, residencies, workshops, courses, and an open-access studio.

The Atelier S8 Award is for traditional printmaking and 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.


Chris Benefield Memorial Award

£200 ~ For the fourth 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

The Cranfield Awards x 2

£150 1st Prize & £100 2nd Prize ~  For the third 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

Haigh Award

£250 ~  For the fourth 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 2020 Roger will be presenting the fourth Haigh Award for an individual print.
2019 winner: Ian Phillips
2018 winner: Henrietta Corbett
2017 winner: Anja Percival

Handprinted Award

£50 ~ For the second year ~
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
2018 winner: Helen Murgatroyd

Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies Award

£150 ~ For the fourth 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


McClures Award

£250  ~ For the fourth 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

TPFramework Award

£100 for framing or framing products ~ For the second year ~
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

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.