Twenty-eight years ago, in 1988 Galway based artists Leonie King and Sioban Piercy organised the first Impressions print exhibition. Their idea was to highlight the quality of printmakers throughout the island of Ireland. Since then it has evolved to become a major showcase for emerging and established print artists.
Their diligent work and promotion has led to some of the most respected printmakers accepting the role of curators and adjudicators for the exhibition such as Norman Ackroyd, awarded a C.B.E for Services to Engraving and Printmaking, Robert Kennan, Bonham's Auctioneers Print Department, John Hewitt, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art, and Prof. David Ferry, Printmaking, and Book Art specialist.
The success and importance of Impressions can be seen in the awards that accompany the exhibition including purchase prize awards, a mid-career award and the Norman Ackroyd award for best etching.