We were delighted this year when New Light was accepted for a stand at Printfest 2017 in Ulverston’s Cornonation Hall.

The chance to take part in this highly-regarded printmaking festival meant that we were able to introduce the work of some of the printmakers selected for our 2015/16 Prize Exhibition to a wider audience, and also discuss this year’s call for entries with established and aspiring Northern printmakers.

Photo credit: Printfest

Photo credit: Printfest

Our stand took its place among artists from around the UK, who together illustrated the wide range of printmaking techniques currently being used to produce some of the country’s finest prints, including collagraph, drypoint, woodcut, etching, monotype and screen printing. Look closely and you can just see us, second from the left, with one of Jo Tayor’s stunning equine prints on the wall. As well as Jo Taylor’s pieces, we took a selection of work from the 2015/16 winner of the Zillah Bell Printmakers’ Prize – Emma Lawrenson, together with prints from Neil Bousfield, David Morris and Alan Flood.

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Details from some of the work we exhibited.

Founded 16 years ago, Printfest is the UK’s foremost artist-led printmaking festival and provides a really valuable opportunity for the best of the UK’s printmakers to gather under one roof. For the hundreds of visitors, it’s a rare chance to meet the artists whose work they admire (and hopefully to buy a print or two!), hear the story behind the work and learn more about the various processes being used.

Printfest carefully selects the artists who participate each year, which ensures that the quality and variety of work is second to none and has led to its growing reputation at the place to see some of the best prints being produced today. This is particularly important as buying a print marks many people’s first foray into owning an original artwork

Photo credit: Milton Haworth

Photo credit: Milton Haworth

Other New Light short-listed artists with their own stands at the festival included Hester Cox, Glenn Ibbitson and Anja Percival, while Sarah Harris, who won a Ripon Curzon Exhibition Prize in 2013, was also showing and selling her latest work.

Such a busy festival was a wonderful way for us to discuss New Light’s aims and objectives with potential entrants, with galleries and also with art buyers who, we hope, will come and see the Prize Exhibition on its Northern tour. An exhausting but incredibly worthwhile weekend!

Any printmakers interested in entering this year’s New Light Prize Exhibition can find all the information on our Prize Exhibition page.