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‘imPRESSions’ is the longest running International Open Original Print Exhibition in Ireland and has become an established feature of the Galway International Arts Festival. In its ‘live’ iteration, it operates under a competitive selection process where artists from Ireland and abroad submit work to be curated by an invited adjudicator. It has maintained an excellent record for producing high quality exhibitions of original prints and has showcased some of the best artists working in this field worldwide. Some of the most respected printmakers have accepted the role of curator/ adjudicator for the exhibition, four of whom have also been invited to contribute to this year’s online show.

‘ imPRESSions …is close to a who’s who of Irish Printmaking’.

- Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, Jul 23, 2019


For 2021 ‘imPRESSions’ goes online to celebrate the passion there is for Fine Art Printmaking in Ireland. It displays the extraordinary engagement and outstanding level of achievement attained by its practitioners across the country. All the major printmaking workshops in Ireland including the Graphic Studio, Dublin, Limerick Printmakers, Belfast Print Workshop, Cork Printmakers are presenting, and each has nominated two artists from their studio to feature on the online platforms of the Galway International Arts Festival as well as this site.

In addition, four prestigious international print organisations; Hampton Editions, New York, Wharepuke Print Studio, New Zealand, the Royal Society of Printmakers, London, have been invited to take part, reflecting how the enthusiasm for printmaking is a worldwide phenomenon.

The exhibition will be available for viewing till 31 December 2021 and includes information and web links to the workshops and artists involved. A series of online video talks and presentations about printmakers and printmaking  accompany this show with  changing featured videos during the course of the Galway International Arts Festival as well as a full playlist on our YouTube Video Channel .

Contributors are:




Ballinglen Foundation, Mayo

Belfast Printmakers

Blackchurch Print Studio, Dublin

Cork Printmakers

Creative Spark, Dundalk

Graphic Studio, Dublin

Leinster Printmakers

Limerick Printmakers

Parallel Editions, Limerick

Red Fox Press. Mayo

State of Print, Worldwide

Stoney Road Press, Dublin




Print Council, Australia

Royal Society of Printmakers, London

Hampton Editions, New York

Wharepuke Workshop, New Zealand




Norman Ackroyd CBE RA

Chris Orr RA

Ian Ritchie CBE RA

David Ferry PRE