Each year LOPF presents its annual Printmaking Talk, Friday Young Collectors' Evening and a programme of free tours, talks and printmaking demonstrations.


Below is an overview of 2017's events. The 33rd Fair's events will be announced in 2018. 


Young Collectors' Evening

Friday 5 May, 6pm - 10pm, Main Galleries

LOPF's special Young Collectors' Evening offers a night of  talks, tours and demonstrations aimed at the younger art buyer. The RA is open late, giving visitors plenty of time to explore and enjoy this buzzing and lively evening.


Free Talks

LOPF's daily talks programme with artists and print experts is complimentary with your ticket to the Fair. Please follow the links in the talk titles below to reserve your seat. 

All talks take place in the Royal Academy's General Assembly Room. 


Thursday 4 May 

12 noon Palmer & Me
Join gallery and print studio Director Vincent Eames and artists for this special film screening. Palmer & Me, by BAFTA winning director Mike Southon, explores Samuel Palmer’s prints of the 19th century and a special project in which 17 artists created prints inspired by Palmer's work.


3pm Curating Prints Now
Curator Nicola Euston of The Atkinson, Southport, discusses winning the inaugural LOPF Acquisitions Award in 2016, which allowed the museum to purchase a suite of Rachel Whiteread etchings. Euston will shed light on curating a public collection. 


Friday 5 May

12 noon Basil Beattie RA and Bob Saich in Conversation
Painter and printmaker Basil Beattie RA and master printer and Director of Advanced Graphics London Bob Saich candidly discuss their work collaborating over many years. Both Advanced Graphics London and Royal Academy of Arts will launch Beattie’s latest edtions at LOPF. 


3pm Chinese Printmaking Now: An Introduction 
Discover the latest in Chinese printmaking with Dr Weimin He, a renowned artist and calligrapher. It promises to be a fascinating and insightful discussion on how traditional and cutting edge practices influence today's Chinese artists. 


Saturday 6 May

12 noon Joy Division: Glenn Brown, Michael Bracewell, Lavinia Greenlaw 
Join three renowned artists for a discussion of their beautifully conceived artist's book: Joy Division, which Enitharmon Editions will launch at LOPF. Painter and printmaker Glenn Brown's work references the meteoric career of Ian Curtis and the band Joy Division, brought together with specially written texts by novelist Michael Bracewell and poet Lavinia Greenlaw.


3pm Ben Eine and Helen Rosslyn: Street Art to Screenprint
Internationally renowned street artist Ben Eine speaks candidly with LOPF Director and art historian Helen Rosslyn on the relationship between his site-specific street art and his typographic screenprints. Join LOPF for this rare opportunity to see this global artist discuss his work in the Jealous Print Studio and beyond with print expert Helen Rosslyn.  


Sunday 7 May

12 noon Gordon Samuel: The Grosvenor School
Gordon Samuel is a leading expert on the printmakers of the Grosvenor School, the London-based artists from the 1930s whose dynamic and colourful linocuts are now internationally renowned. Samuel, Director of Mayfair gallery Osborne Samuel, will discuss his love of this period and his life as an art dealer.  


3pm Monica Lundy - Stories Untold: Portraits from the Asylum
Artist Monica Lundy discusses her latest project printed at Stoney Road Press, Dublin: a series of intaglio and carborundum prints based on Victorian portraits of patients from Bethlem Royal Hospital (also known as "Bedlam") and West Riding Asylum. Lundy will describe not only the technical process in creating these prints, but her immersion in research of primary sources and photos of the period. 

Cornelia Parker OBE RA: Annual Printmaking Talk

Friday 5 May, 6.30pm, Reynolds Room

To coincide with the launch of her latest editions at LOPF, Cornelia Parker OBE RA will discuss her printmaking practice in our annual talk. 

This event is now sold out. 


Photo by Anne Purkis for the Royal Academy of Arts


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