A weekend of printmaking delight with Printfest 2015

Print by Jane Glynn, Printfest Printmaker of the Year - 'Empty Spaces, Human Traces' Printfest 2014 at Coronation Hall, Ulverston 'Station' by Anja Percival Gill Tyson, Printmaker of the Year 2014, during her demonstration 'Shadows by the Stairs, Red Ochre' by Joanna Bourne, Printfest Printmakers' Printmaker 2014

Printfest, part of the Lakes Ignite programme and the UK’s artist-led printmaking festival, takes place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May when Ulverston’s Coronation Hall will be buzzing with printmakers and their work.

The event includes some of the best printmakers working in the UK today and is headed by Printmaker of the Year, Jane Glynn, who recently spent a week in Ulverston, working on a print based on the area that will be unveiled at Printfest.

This year, workshops are inspired by the theme of “Memory” and you have the opportunity to work with artist Ellie Chaney to create your own print. Workshops are open to all ages and no experience is necessary, although children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. These workshops will take place on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

Don’t miss the demonstrations from Printmakers’ Printmaker, Joanna Bourne (Saturday, 2pm) and Printmaker of the Year, Jane Glynn (Sunday, 2pm) – when you can watch these inspiring artists at work! There are also extra, informal demonstrations in the main hall this year from exhibitors Kerry Day, Moira McTague, Katie Edwards and Sue Brown, along with two new films about artists Tessa Pearson and Liz Toole – you can see these, along with other Printfest films on Saturday and Sunday morning.

30 Artists, 18 Venues & 3 Exhibitions

In the run up to the Printfest weekend, experience the Ulverston Printfest Trail – displaying art in shop windows around Ulverston and supported by three exhibitions:

  • The Coach House at Ford Park is displaying work from Cumbrian artists imPress Printmakers
  • Hot Mango Café is exhibiting work by Kendal-based printmaker Ann Marie Foster
  • Natterjacks is hosting an exhibition of work from previous Printfest exhibitors

And if you fancy some rest and refreshments after all this printmaking activity… the wonderful Vintage Village Hall are running the café again this year and will be offering their famous cakes and afternoon teas, as well as savoury snacks, all served on vintage crockery. Delicious!

For further information about Printfest please visit here

To download a map and find out more about the Ulverston Printfest trail please visit here

To enjoy this cultural event and much more, book your break in the Lake District here