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printfest20.jpg If you print it, they will come

The UK’s foremost artist-led printmaking festival, Printest, is gearing up for their next weekend extravaganza in Cumbria this May.

I always make room in my arty diary for this wonderful festival, which never fails to leave me cooing with complete and utter delight. In all 42 artists will be showing work, with ten of them coming from Cumbria, an area that has proved itself to be a real hotbed of the form (it must be all of that inspirational landscape they’re surrounded by).

Each year a major printmaker is chosen by the organisers as Printmaker of the Year and for 2020 that honour has fallen to Anita Klein. She has undertaken a residency in the South Lakes, giving her the opportunity to enjoy the environment and create a commissioned piece inspired by the local area.

Printfest is dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary hand-made prints and is a rare opportunity for some of the best of the UK’s printmakers to gather under one roof, to share practice and learn from each other. In addition there will be four workshops in the Ante Room at the Coro. These are provided by the Carlisle and Penrith-based Cumbria Printmakers group who are offering outreach workshops in different areas of Cumbria and the North West.

The Printfest ‘Fringe’ will be larger than ever this year, with over 15 cafes, shops, galleries and local manufacturers putting on linked events and workshops. Part of the Fringe is Swarthmoor Hall, who will be showing an exhibition of the complete Printfest Print collection, created by past Printmakers of the Year from 2010-2019. Call in here to discover the reason the collection exists and its importance.

Printfest 2020, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May, Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston, Cumbria, 10am-5pm (10am-4pm Sunday). printfest.uk