Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood Foundation and Print Prizes

A shared passion for supporting the future of printmaking and celebrating the scope that this dynamic, expressive and diverse medium offers for innovation and experimentation led Jerwood Foundation and London Original Print Fair to announce a joint initiative to create two Print Prizes in 2019.

The Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize 2019

On Sunday 28 April at the London Original Print Fair, Chika Osaka from Japan was announced as the inaugural winner of the Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize for her lithograph, The rice that just served. Osaka will receive £2,500 and a profile article in Printmaking Today.

The Jerwood Foundation has a long tradition of supporting early-career artists. This new initiative in partnership with LOPF and Printmaking Today was focused on artists up to the age of 35 who are excelling in the field of printmaking. Exhibitors at LOPF were invited to nominate artists whose work demonstrates a deep understanding of the medium or a fresh approach to printmaking. Chaired by Anne Desmet RA (artist and former Editor of Printmaking Today) the judging panel included Philippa Hogan-Hern, General Director Jerwood; Helen Rosslyn, Director LOPF; and Catherine Daunt, Hamish Parker Curator of Modern and Contemporary Graphic Art, British Museum. Other artists on the shortlist for 2019 were Mathilde Busch, Jemma Gunning, Ben Hendy and Frederic Morris.

The Jerwood London Original Print Fair Prize 2019

In 2019, Jerwood joined London Original Print Fair in its historic support of an annual Print Prize awarded to an artist working in print in any medium and exhibiting in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. The judges for this year’s award were Helen Rosslyn and Gordon Cooke (Directors of London Original Print Fair), Philippa Hogan-Hern (Executive Director, Jerwood) and Rebecca Salter RA (Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools).

The inaugural Jerwood London Original Print Fair Prize worth £10,000 was awarded to Bella Easton for Angel Heart, a lithograph on porcelain panels. The ambition, complexity and experimental elements of the 200 x 140 x 2 cm print which genuinely pushed the boundaries of printmaking, made it stand out as a worthy winner.

The award was presented by Christopher Le Brun, PRA at a ceremony in the Royal Academicians Room at Royal Academy of Arts on 2nd July.


The rice that just served © Chika Osaka, 2018