Cheshire Print Fair is a dedicated, affordable, curated celebration of contemporary hand-made prints, illustrations and paper-based art. Providing a Platform for both emerging and established artists to exhibit their practice in person and the opportunity for the public to engage with and collect art at an affordable and accessible level.
Our events throughout the year offer the perfect opportunity for a fantastic personal experience of talking to our artists, hearing the stories behind their work, finding out about techniques and skills. Also the opportunity to join our community network through talks and printmaking workshops.
With such a range of styles showcased among the stalls you can explore a wild selection of art enjoy and to buy, expect to see beautiful prints including screen and risograph prints, linocuts, etchings, woodcuts, hand printed textiles, cyanotypes, children’s stories, zines and comics, decorations, greetings cards, homewares.
Always popular with interior stylists, designers and print lovers.
Cheshire Print Fair was started by us Alison and Vincent Patterson, both supporters of the print scene and community of printmakers in the North. We had always wanted to see more print in our local area and when we saw a geographic gap we decided to start one of our own Print Fair in Cheshire. So far Chester has supported us with hugely well-attended events and a diverse and kind crowd. What we have established is that there is a burgeoning community of creatives in Chester and we’re glad to provide a platform to showcase their work.
Alison Patterson is a Photographer, Printmaker and Co-founder of the Cheshire Print Fair. Graduating from the University of Chester with a specialism in Photography, She has a special interest in using traditional photography and print methods to produce her artwork. A keen advocate and promoter of art in Cheshire, especially encouraging younger generations to learn and try traditional print methods.
Mother to 5 children Alison also works as an advisor with the Grant Ford Sculpture Garden at Carden Park.
Vincent Patterson is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in the North West. Graduate of the University of Chester with an MA in Design Patterson’s print work explores themes of lost narrative and abstracted fragments of memory.
Working across a range of print media including Screenprint, Risograph, Photography, Typography, and illustration his prints are as much a story of the process as the finished print. Utilising found and reappropriated imagery, collaged with rich textures and bold colours, the layering up of inks, collage, pencil, and oils by hand builds the rich surfaces to produce unique screen-printed monoprints.
His recent works echo a series of stolen cinematic moments from the French New Wave pumped and twisted on a bad trip with vivid neon colours. A series of papercut stencils hand-pulled through a silkscreen building beds of texture with narrative images overlayed on swirling sensual textures to create a series of interlinked one-off monoprints. The image fragments are distressed and sequenced to form individual frames of the story of the movie you never saw.
He has an international customer base for his collectable one-off prints and has recently exhibited in the Art for Youth at the Mall Galleries London, Ty Pawb Open, Nottingham Contemporary, Are Friends Electric show in the Espacio Gallery Shoreditch and the Mostyn Gallery Wonderland Showcase in Llandudno North Wales, Here gallery in Bristol, Image Fantome in Brussels and Manchester, Liverpool, North Wales, The Hepworth print fairs and Wrexham print fairs.