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London Original Print Fair cancels 2020 edition

Grayson Perry, Sponsored by You (2019), A single woodcut from 8 blocks, 196 x 293 cm.

THE 35th London Original Print Fair (LOPF) which was due to take place at the Royal Academy of Arts from May 1 to May 3, 2020, has been cancelled. In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 Coronavirus, the Directors of the Fair have worked closely with the Royal Academy to make this decision.

Gordon Cooke, Founder and Chairman and Helen Rosslyn, Director of the London Original Print Fair said:

“Given our responsibility towards our 51 exhibitors, our visitors, and the staff at the Royal Academy, we feel we have no choice but to cancel this year’s Fair. The safety of exhibitors and guests remains our top priority; this decision comes in the light of the new estimate from Public Health England about when the Coronavirus is likely to be at its most widespread in the UK.

“We had been looking forward to celebrating the 35th edition of LOPF and welcoming exhibitors and guests to what promised to be another vibrant Fair. However, as we watch events unfold across the globe and the impact of Coronavirus, we feel that cancelling is the right thing to do. In the meantime, we are exploring ways to use our new website to promote the print medium and our exhibitors. Our thoughts are with all those suffering from the effects of the virus.”

Previously Posted: Celebrating its 35th Edition, the London Original Print Fair (LOPF) has announced that the speaker for the Annual Printmaking Talk 2020 will be Grayson Perry RA. His new woodcut, Sponsored by You, 2019, will be on sale at the Fair on the stand of Paragon Press.

A highlight of LOPF events, it is part of a busy programme; other speakers during the Fair include Basil Beattie RA, Chris Levine and many other experts working with the print medium. LOPF 2020 runs from May 1 to May 3 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

The diversity and expertise offered by the 51 exhibitors at this year’s Fair promises to be second to none. With original prints spanning six centuries, from old and modern masters to hot-off-the-press newly published editions, the London Original Print Fair promises something to suit all tastes and budgets.

LOPF champions original printmaking, offering the opportunity to see, learn about, and buy original prints. It also supports both printmakers and public print collections with a number of initiatives including the Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize and the Hallett Independent Acquisitions Award.

Nominations are currently open for the second Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize, for an emerging printmaker; it is open to early career printmakers who have been working with the medium for up to ten years and who demonstrate a deep understanding of the medium or a fresh approach to printmaking.

The winner receives an award of £2,500, and is given a profile article in the Autumn issue of Printmaking Today. Five shortlisted artists will be invited to exhibit at the Fair and the winner will be announced on May 1 during the Friday Late event at the Fair.

The Hallett Independent Acquisitions Award 2020 offers a museum or gallery in the UK £8,000 to spend on one or more original prints from the Fair for their collection.

NB: LOPF is working with the Royal Academy of Arts to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19 Coronavirus. At the time of publication (Friday, March 6), the Fair will be going ahead. The safety of staff, exhibitors and guests remains their top priority and they will continue to closely review the advice from Public Health England. Updates will be posted on the website: londonoriginalprintfair.com/.

Image: Grayson Perry, Sponsored by You (2019). A single woodcut from 8 blocks, 196 × 293 cm.

Tickets: £12, Concessions: £8, Entry is free to Friends of the RA. Tickets for the Annual Printmaking Talk with Grayson Perry will go on sale on March 19, 2020 at www.royalacademy.org.uk/.

Times: Friday, May 1: 10am – 10pm; Saturday, May 2 – Sunday, May 3: 10am – 6pm.

Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J OBD

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