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printfest19.jpg The prints and the queen

The UK’s foremost artist-led printmaking festival is even bigger this year and coming to Ulverston in Cumbria in May. Get ready for Printfest.

Printfest is bigger this year because not only are there more prints to see than ever before, but there is more of the ever popular workshops to get involved with. Organising team chair Sally Bamber, said: “For 2019, Printfest has brought back workshops for visitors. There are half-day workshops during the weekend, and full-day workshops after the event.” If you’re unfamiliar with this glorious weekend then you should know that Printfest is dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary handmade prints, and offers the rare opportunity for some of the best printmakers in the UK to gather under one roof. We’ve had a sneak preview of some of the work on show - including Stephen Lawlor’s ‘And England’s Dreaming’ pictured - and it’s absolutely stunning. Special word for Sadie Tierney, this year’s Printmaker of the Year, who spent ten days travelling the Lake District seeking inspiration for a specially commissioned piece to be unveiled at the festival.

Printfest, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 May, Coronation Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria. 10am-5pm (until 4pm on Sunday), £5 (inc. catalogue). printfest.uk