Award Sponsors

The giving and receiving of awards is a validation of the work that brings us together ~ as visitors it tells us so much, as we look for artists’ work we hope to enjoy at home, to spend time with the image they have created and evoke emotions that mean something to us.

The Visitors’ Prize Draw

The prizes are:
6 printmaking kits;
3 for adults and
3 for kids and
2 life drawing sessions in Ulverston

The winning tickets have been drawn out of the box, at random, the Winners are being notified by email.

Essdee printmaking kits ~ Essdee, who also sponsor the Essdee Award for Artists, have donated six printmaking kits in all. Find out more about their printmaking materials:

Life drawing sessions ~ They take place at Nirodhah Yoga Studio, off Market Street. Generously offered by Still Life on Union Street, Ulverston:

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

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 – then at the festival they offered them again by looking at their work ‘in the flesh’ at Printfest 2022!

Graham Firth receives his award certificate and ‘cup’ from Founder Ronkey Bullard in 2023

We are hugely grateful to all the Printfest Sponsors:

Zillah Bell Gallery Award

The winner is offered a solo exhibition at Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk ~
Zillah Bell gallery was established in 1988, the Gallery has earned a reputation for the range and quality of the work on show, especially Original Prints: etchings, engravings, screenprints and lithographs. Zillah Bell Gallery acts solely on behalf of our artists. We are not art dealers so our prices are the same as buying direct from the artist. This also permits us to exhibit work by many of today’s leading artists.

2024 winner: Ruth Ander
2023 winner: Tessa Pearson
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.

2024 winner: Andi Dakin
2023 winner: Graham Firth
2022 winner: Nell Smith
2020 winner: Rahil Sheikh
2019 winner: Simon Tozer
2018 winner: Adele Burdon
2017 winner: Katie Edwards

James Cropper Sponsor The Visitors’ Choice Award

There will be three lucky winners: 1. £250 cash, 2 & 3. two reams of paper – they have created a paper called Wainwright Colours From Nature, inspired by our Lake District location available in two colours – Limestone and Herdwick Brown ~
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.

2024 winner: Joshua Miles
2023 winner: Anja Percival
2022 winner: Jenny McCabe
2019 winner: Anja Percival
2018 winner: Gail Mason
2017 winner: Mark Pearce

Kunstprenteverket Award

£100 Prize & £100 Best Newcomer to Printfest Prize, cash prize ~
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 shows his/her mastery of a traditional printmaking technique.

Kunstprenteverket translates as The Art Printworks or The Art Press

2024 winners: Jemma Gunning and Emily Ketteringham
2023 winners: Joshua Miles and Anja Percival
2022 winners: Jo McChesney and Anthony Ratcliffe
2020 Winners: Jenny McCabe and Janis Goodman


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.

2024 winner: Jo McChesney
2023 winner: Nell Smith
2022 winner: Rahil Sheikh
2019 winner: Jane Mowat
2018 winner: Laura Boswell
2017 winner: Chris Salmon


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 celebrating 21 festivals over 24 years and is the UK’s foremost artist-led printmaking festival, with a hard working committee that Chris was Chairman of until 2013.

2024 winner: Laura Boswell
2023 winner: Ian Cox
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.

2024 winners: Deb Wing and Hazel McNab
2023 winners: Laura Boswell and Frans Wesselman
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 to spend on 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.

2024 winner: Aga Kubish
2023 winner: Lisa Takahashi
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 2024 Roger will be presenting the Haigh Award for an individual print.

2024 winner: Fouzia Zafar
2023 winner: Pete Marsh
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

2024 winner: Rachel Thornton
2023 winner: Ian Burke
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.

2024 winner: Gregory Moore
2023 winner: Holly Magdalene Scott
2022 winner: Moira McTague
2020 winner: Ian Phillips
2019 winner: Anja Percival
2018 winner: Geri Waddington
2017 winner: John Hatton

Ironbridge Printmakers Award

New for 2024 ~ two awards : £100 1st Prize & £50 2nd Prize to spend on printmaking materials ~
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.

2024 winners: Ian Cox and Joshua Miles
2023 winner: Deb Wing
2022 winner: Jenny McCabe

Pressing Matters

Winner will receive on the day:
– 3-issue bundle including latest edition and recent back issues

We’ll work with the winner after the festival on the following:
– A small ‘Bits & Pieces’ article in Pressing Matters magazine
(July or October edition depending on timing and available space)

Pressing Matters magazine is a publication full of inky inspiration, celebrating the best of modern printmaking from around the world. Made by printmakers for printmakers, we speak to artists about their creative processes and passion for print. Expect inky fingers, creative workspaces, sketchbooks and artworks – across all kinds of techniques and mediums

2024 winner: Jane Walker

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.

2024 winner: Gail Mason
2023 winner: Emerson Mayes
2022 winner: James Green
2020 winner: Laura Boswell
2019 winner: Moira McTague

Sponsors from previous years

Intaglio Printmaker

£150 ~ of printmaking materials and equipment ~
The Specialist Suppliers of Equipment and Materials to Artist Printmakers. Intaglio Printmaker stocks an unparalleled range of printmaking materials sourced worldwide, and continually researches and provides new products to the printmaking world. We are a team of practising painter-printmakers offering reliable online and mail-order services to individuals, schools and colleges, and are always happy to give advice from our Central London shop.

2023 winner: Rahil Sheikh


The McClures Hamper for 2023

In 2023 McClures are donated a Hamper to the Printfest Raffle ~ deemed to be one of the Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, responsible for over one hundred and fifty employees, help 1,200 customers with over 4,000 lines of produce and make thousands of deliveries every year. Supporting UK growers means fresh fruit and veg is delivered six days a week.

In previous years McClures has awarded a winning artist £250 cash ~
2022 winner: Adele Burdon
2020 winner: James Bywood
2019 winner: Michael Devereux
2018 winner: Janis Goodman
2017 winner: Mark Pearce