The Norwich Print Fair is celebrating it’s 22nd year by bringing together 29 of Norfolk and Suffolk’s most exciting printmakers. We display a wide variety of hand-made print disciplines in the biggest independent sell ing show of its kind in East Anglia.
How we got started
Martin Mitchell started the Norwich Print Fair in 1995. As a professional Printmaker working in Norwich, he had the idea of creating an annual exhibition that could showcase the versatility and scope of contemporary printmaking in the East Anglian region.
The Norwich Print Fair’s popularity has grown immensely since its launch. From the 8 artists taking part in the first exhibition, printmakers now number over 40, with approximately 30 exhibiting each year in the fair. Attendance has increased each year with visitors to Norwich as well as local people coming to the show.
More than just an Exhibition
The two Saturday’s during the show are ‘open portfolio days’ in which the artist’s bring along tables and print browsers to sell their unframed prints. These ‘days’ have proved very popular with the public, who get the opportunity to meet the artists, which generates a great atmosphere. We now also have our demonstrations day which falls on the middle Sunday of the exhibition. This has a great atmosphere with many people visiting to watch as many of the techniques and processes get demonstrated.
The Show is held at St Margaret’s Church in Norwich, which has been refurbished as an exhibition space. It has proved to be a valuable venue over the years because of its ability to support an event of this size.
1998: The Fair held its first exhibition outside East Anglia at The University Club in Oxford.
2005: The Fair held it’s first taster exhibition at the Forum in Norwich, and since then has had 9 successful ‘Print Fair Elements’ shows, which aim to showcase some of our most popular printmakers in the heart of the city.
2006 and 2009: The Fair took part in Welborne Arts Festival, where Print Fair artists gave extremely popular printmaking demonstrations to the public.
2015: The Norwich Print Fair was delighted to win the Hy Kurzner ‘Arts Entrepreneur’ Award
Sponsored by Valerie Kurzner. This award has been created in memory of one of Norfolk’s most loved arts and entertainment entrepreneurs, Hy Kurzner. Hy was responsible for creating a thriving arts scene in Norwich from the late 70s through to the early 90s, particularly in the Tombland area of the city with his jazz venue Boswells, nightclub Hys and restaurant Pizza One Pancake Too. This award was to be given to an artist, venue or arts organisation that has been ‘entrepreneurial’ in establishing a new and successful artistic enterprise in Norfolk.
2015: A new book was publisehd by Mascot Media, entitled ‘Fine Print’, that celebrates 20 years of The Norwich Print Fair. Around 250 original prints reproduced, from 55 member artists past and present, over 144 pages on high quality paper in a paperback measuring 220mm square. Price will be a snip at £15.95. As well as a potted history of Print Fair and a summary of the key printmaking techniques, each artist introduces themselves and their work. Angie Lewin, HJ Jackson, Rob Barnes, Martin Mitchell, Neil Bousfield, Louise Bird – all the great and the good are featured. The book is usually available to purchase from the show and also from www.mascotmedia.co.uk
2010: The Norwich Print Fair held an exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London as well as an Exhibition at Wymondham Arts Centre.