Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts invites artists working in traditional and digital print media to participate in our international print exhibition and exchange.
Compact Prints was first held in 2002, originally conceived and curated by Rebekah Butler. The exhibition welcomed international artists in 2004 and has continued as a biennial exhibition ever since. The exhibition is greatly appreciated and anticipated. It is shared widely via printmaking organisations, artist participants’ networks and online. Many of the artists who have previously exchanged artworks now correspond all around the world. Compact Prints 2020 is a celebration of contemporary print practices, embracing traditional and technological methods. The project provides artists with a forum to exchange artwork and ideas. It also provides an opportunity to exhibit in a contemporary art space while supporting Umbrella through its fundraising auction. Read more about Umbrella here.
Artists can register (including paying an $25.00 AU administration fee), submit artwork details and post / deliver 3 identical prints (from 1 edition) to Umbrella by the outlined deadlines. 1 print is exhibited (and kept by Umbrella for archiving and potential touring); 1 is auctioned as a fundraiser for Umbrella to assist with event and touring costs; and 1 print is posted as an artwork exchange with another participant, through a random selection process. The exhibition, artworks and details will also be documented and presented digitally.
Artwork restrictions & recommendations
Participating artists need to provide 3 prints from 1 artwork edition. The paper size of each print must measure 12 x 12cm and the print may be any size on that paper (including full-page bleeds). Prints that are oversized may be omitted or cropped. Prints can include other materials / methods (e.g. chine-collé, stitching) provided that a form of printing is the primary method, and that each of the 3 prints is identical. Umbrella encourages artists to print on high-quality acid-free paper. Digital prints cannot just be photographs – they must be manipulated. There is no set theme however Umbrella reserves the right to monitor or refuse work that may cause offence to the general public. The prints must be newly created (after 1 January 2019).
Registration for the 2020 exhibition is required by midnight Sunday 6 September 2020.
To pay for your registration, read the full exhibition details (including terms and conditions below) then pay here. The purchase process will require you to enter your shipping details at checkout.
Artwork details must be submitted by 5pm Friday 18 September 2020.
A high-resolution artwork image, full artwork details and a brief artist statement must be submitted here after registration. Please ensure that your contact / address details are current, as that address is where your print will be sent by return post after the exhibition.
Artworks must also be received by Umbrella by 5pm Friday 18 September 2020.
If you are sending your artwork by post, please ensure you send it well in advance of this due date, as COVID-19 has caused extensive delays with Australian and international postal deliveries.
Umbrella strong encourages entrants to use Express Post if possible, and recommends international artists to send works with at least 6 weeks’ lead time and Australian artists to send with at least 2 weeks’ lead time prior to 18 September 2020. Artworks received after the due date will not be exhibited.
If delivering your work in person, please deliver during Umbrella’s regular opening hours (9am-5pm Mon-Fri / 9am-1pm Sat-Sun) to 408 Flinders St, Townsville QLD. Send your artworks by post to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, PO Box 2394, Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia.
Exhibition & exchange details
|OPENING||6pm Friday 2 October 2020|
|ON DISPLAY||2 October – 15 November 2020|
|AUCTION||Time and date TBC. Umbrella is considering live-streaming this year’s auction for those who cannot attend in person to bid. Those bidding from outside of Townsville will also need to pay for the postage of their work.|
|EXCHANGE||From 15 November 2020, Umbrella randomly selects pairings for artwork exchanges. Each participant also receives a copy of a letter detailing which artist received their exchange print.|
See the full 2002 – 2018 exhibition archive here.
“Taking part in Compact Prints is a wonderful and honourable opportunity for me to present my art and also to discover the art of the Australian and international printmakers.”
~ Temenuga Hristova, Bulgaria
“It is great to have work situated within an alternative cultural context, and to make contact with other artists and individuals through exhibiting in different countries, even if I have not been there! I love to hear of the stories and situations that develop around art making in different places.”
~ Natasha Rosling, United Kingdom
Terms and conditions
1. The project, artwork restrictions, registration, artwork details and artwork delivery details are all outlined above and must be adhered to by participants. Umbrella reserves the right to postpone or extend dates for coronavirus restrictions or any other reason.
2. Umbrella Studio Association Incorporated will handle all works with care. However, no responsibility will be taken for works damaged or lost in transit.
3. A $25.00 AU registration fee is required for all Australian and International participants for Compact Prints 2020. Artist name and contact details must be included with the payment. The fee secures your participation, covers administration fees and postage for the exchange. It is non-refundable if for any reason you are unable to participate after submission of this payment. International payment providers may take additional fees outside of Umbrella’s control. By purchasing this registration ticket you agree to adhere to all terms and conditions as outlined. Please ensure you fill out your shipping details correctly when purchasing this registration at checkout, as that is where your return print will be sent.
4. Each artist must (and is limited to) present 1 artwork edition with three prints.
5. You agree to notify Umbrella Studio if you are not able to complete the exchange. This will allow for another artist to participate.
6. Artist participants are responsible for the cost of producing the work and posting / delivering it to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. Umbrella will pay the return postage of the exchange print via Australia Post, but accepts no liability for works damaged or lost in transit.
7. By participating, registering and submitting artwork images and details, artists agree to exhibiting their work in Umbrella’s gallery (and any subsequent tours), having their work reproduced online and in print (including use for promotional purposes). Should an artist’s image be used for promotion, Umbrella will endeavour to credit the artist whenever possible.
We are delighted to invite our artist members to participate in our third biennial Print Exchange and celebrate the depth and diversity of contemporary Australian Printmaking. One print will reside in the PCA archive as a survey of contemporary printmaking in 2020.
Image: Roslyn Kean, Night Fall I, 2017, multiple block woodblock print (12 blocks, hand printed with a baren)
Fri 24th July 2020
5:00pm – 8:30pm
Fri 24th July 2020: 9:00am
– Sun 23rd August 2020: 4:30pm
Tanks Arts Centre Tank 4, 6 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill, Cairns QLD 4870 AU
Inkmasters Biennial Print Exhibition is an international juried exhibition. It brings together the best printmakers from our region with national and international artists from around the world. The works entered can be any print medium (or combination of media), traditional and contemporary, in a range of formats including 3D works such as artists’ books. 100 prints will be selected from all entries. Prizes will be awarded including an award named for Anna Eglitis, a senior Cairns artist who mentored some of the Far North’s most prolific and important artists. A public talk will be delivered prior to the launch by Sally Foster Curator, International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books at the Australian National Gallery.
Entry Fee: AUD$65 (1 work) or AUD$75 (2 works)
Address for mail delivery of selected works: Inkmasters Cairns Inc | PO Box 7792 | Cairns | Qld | Australia 4870
Address for hand delivery: InkMasters Print Workshop | 55 Greenslopes St | Edge Hill | Cairns 4870 | Mon 22 – 26 Jun 20 10am-4pm only
Here’s an opportunity to exhibit a body of work or a large print in the Northern Territory. There’s not much time to enter your work, however.
From Mats Unden:
You are invited to participate in priNT2020 – a printmaking exhibition at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art in Darwin 13th – 28th March 2020.
The aim of the show is to highlight the important role printmaking techniques play in many visual artists practices. The aim is to create a nationally (and internationally) recognised annual print exhibition, while generating support towards establishing an open access print workshop in the Top End.
We are looking for big prints, suites, or bodies of work, as well as artist books and other ‘print’ works. Interdisciplinary and experimental works are encouraged to showcase the variety and diversity of the art-form, as long as the core technique is printmaking.
NCCA takes no commission on sales, but please consider donating a portion of the sale towards the aims and goals of priNT.
How to enter:
Works can be framed or unframed. Unframed works will be pinned or hanged using magnets. Unfortunately at this point there are no funds for freight or artist fees. If your work is for sale NCCA will direct any enquires to you, and no commission will be taken.
NCCA PO Box 82 Parap NT 0840 or NCCA Vimy Lane Parap NT 0820
Please contact Mats for further information on email@example.com.
Call for Artists
International Collaboration and Exhibitions
Works on Paper
Water is a collaboration between Artery Co-operative, Melbourne (Artery) and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venice, Italy (Scuola di Grafica).
There will be two exhibitions in 2020. The project will explore water in all its complexity through works on paper. All works submitted will be exhibited at Artery’s ‘Project Space’ in Northcote, Melbourne. A selection of works will also be exhibited at the Scuola di Grafica in Venice. A portion of the funds raised from the exhibitions will be donated to create opportunities for artists through Artery and the Scuola di Grafica.
Image: Helen Kocis Edwards, Skater girl, bilby and the winged lion, drypoint etching on giclee print
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