Praise for Paper Contemporary 2015

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A letter to PCA President Akky Von Ogtrop, Curator of Paper Contemporary, held at the 2015 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair.

Thank you for a wonderful opportunity

Dear Akky,

The opportunity for Umbrella Studio to step up, and step out by participating in the Sydney Contemporary had many benefits for the organisation and artist/members.

For us to become part of and embraced by the “print making family” supports building new and reconnected with existing professional networks and personal relationships. I believe this was one of the primary benefits of our participation. It was a pleasure to reconnect with some of the artists and important clients and others who participated in residencies or visited Umbrella over the past years.

It is critical to the future success of our artist members and the continuity of our organisation to showcase the outstanding printmakers who currently live and work in North Queensland. So many of the visitors were pleasantly surprised to see Umbrella and Monsoon Publishing  positioned side by side, showing real strength in numbers and establishing the reputation for quality of Townsville as a vibrant and progressive printmaking community.

Paper Contemporary offered us a chance to check out and be a part of the international art scene. I really want to thank you for coming up with this idea, to feature works on paper in this prestigious art fair.

Also, thank you for your endorsement of Jo Lankester’s prints and enthusiastic assistance in making sales is sincerely appreciated.



Vicki Salisbury


(07) 4772 7109


Forget Santa…it’s only 23 more sleeps until the 2016 Year of Print

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If the thought of Santa Claus squishing his way down your chimney doesn’t float your boat then perhaps the 2016 Year of Print will get you excited.

There are more than 180 events scheduled around Australia, both nationally (including regional and rural areas) and internationally for the Year of Print.   This year-long celebration of exhibitions, competitions, workshops and residencies will create a fabulous meeting place for Australian artists, Australian and international art lovers, art students and arts media.

In addition to the events, the Year of Print will foster interesting discussion on contemporary printmaking practices and promotion of printmaking and works on paper through our publication IMPRINT, on this blog and via social media.

We have created #PCAYoP16 to promote the Year of Print.  Please use this hashtag on your Year of Print social media posts to make your contribution to a national and international dialogue for everyone to follow.

Kicking off the Year of Print in January 2016 will be the following events:

  • Re-representation by Laurel McKenzie – Laurel McKenzie considers ways in which women have been (and continue to be) represented in fine art and popular media.
  • Postcards from the North & South – A collaborative project exchanging and exhibiting prints in Australia and overseas by PressNorth Printmakers and Firestation Print Studio stimulating interconnections in printmaking and fostering communication.
  • People’s Rag blog – Co-ordinated by Clare Cowley, People’s Rag is an open-ended platform for people to forward ideas from across Australia and internationally on their experience with printmaking.
  • Thinking of Place – A contemporary exhibition by 60 printmakers on the theme: ‘Thinking of Place’, which may relate to social, cultural or political issues about place, such as; concepts of land, country, the environment, ancestral connections, colonisation, identity associated with geography, imagined locations, or other ideas.
  • Picked and Pressed – Twenty four Newcastle printmakers spent time in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley region in 2015 to find inspirational material to create prints.
  • 2006-2016: a decade of printmaking. A Charles Sturt University Art Collection exhibition – Printmaking is a strong collection focus and the historical basis of the CSU Art Collection.  This exhibition features a diverse selection of print media by Australian living artists with a focus on monotypes. Curated by Thomas Middlemost.

  • Limited Edition: A selection of PCA prints from the Burnie Regional Art Gallery Collection – The artists represented in this exhibition were all commissioned by the PCA to create a limited edition of prints.

  • William Kentridge: Drawn from Africa (National Gallery of Australia travelling exhibition) – A travelling exhibition from the NGA featuring prints, film and related drawings by South African artist William Kentridge, from their collection.

  • We’ve got the sky to talk about – An exhibition of prints, drawings, artist books and zines by Lorelei Medcalf made during a summer residency at Sauerbier House, an historic villa and contemporary art space on the riverbank of Port Noarlunga.
  • Mindy Dore Screenprints

Be sure to participate in the Year of Print by attending local events to support printmakers and printmaking in Australia and internationally and let us know what you think via #PCAYoP16 .



2016 Print Commission

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Artists are invited to submit digital images of recent work for selection to create a new print edition for the 2015 PCA Print Commission.  All forms of printmaking, including digital, are welcome.

To enter, go to the store and complete the entry form and make your payment.  Entries close Friday 5 February 2016.

Invited judges for the 2016 Print Commission are Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia and John Loane, Master Printer and artist, Viridian Press.

Emerging Artist Award, Indigenous Award and three week residency at Artspace Sydney

In celebration of the Print Council of Australia’s 50th Anniversary 2016 Year of Print, additional awards will be given to selected artists. An Emerging Artist award, Indigenous Artist award and residency at Artspace Sydney with access to facilities at UNSW Art and Design will be awarded to shortlisted artists.

To be eligible for the Emerging Artist award, entrants must have graduated with in a Diploma or Degree of Fine Art (Visual Art) at a University, TAFE or Technical College within five years of application.

2016 key dates

5 February      applications close

26 February    artist applications shortlisted

8 April              shortlisted artists submit bon à tirer

22 April            final selection of 10 artists made

15 July             completed artists’ proofs submitted

7 October        completed editions submitted

How it works

  • Artists complete and submit this application form (inclusive of handling fee) with a current CV and three images of recent work.
  • Shortlisted artists produce a bon á tirer (or working drawings if the medium precludes this) of an entirely new print and judges make their final selection.
  • Selected artists each produce eight artists’ proofs and an edition of between 30 and 40 prints for distribution to subscribers.
  • Artists’ proofs are exhibited in selected capital city galleries and are returned to the artists at the conclusion of the exhibition.
  • Selected artists each receive a supply of 50 sheets of Canson quality printmaking paper for editioning, provided by Canson Australia.
  • PCA pay an artist’s fee of $700 to each selected artist (inc GST).
  • Contractual details for 2016 will be provided on the Conditions and Agreement form forwarded to selected artists.
  • Non PCA members are welcome to apply.
  • Artists chosen for the Commission will be required to join the PCA.