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About / History

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.

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.

The Show is held at the deconsecrated 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.

As one of the Print Fair’s aims is to foster an understanding of what printmaking is, and to show what is involved, it was decided to produce a booklet that could serve in answering some of the many questions that come from the public. In 1998, with a grant from the National Lottery through The Arts Council of England, The Norwich Print Fair’s publication ‘A Simple Guide to Printmaking Techniques’ was produced. The booklet has proved a great educational tool and an electronic version can be found here.

The Print Fair has also had many successful related exhibitions. In 1998 the Fair held its first exhibition outside East Anglia at The University Club in Oxford. In 2005 the Fair held it's first taster exhibition at the Forum in Norwich, and since then has had several successful shows entitled 'Print Fair Elements' which aim to showcase some of our most popular printmakers in the heart of the city. The Fair has also taken part in Welborne Arts Festival (2006 and 2009) where Print Fair artists gave extremely popular printmaking demonstrations to the public.
 

Copies of the booklet can be purchased from the following outlet: 

 

Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop
46, Gainsborough Street
Sudbury
Suffolk CO10 2EU
Tel: 01787 372958
Web: www.gainsborough.org

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