Each year the Print Council of Australia commissions 10 Australian artists from an open call for submissions to create an edition of prints for our Print Commission. Two independent arts professionals judge entries and select 10 final prints to be commissioned. The selected artists produce a limited edition of between 30-40 prints in their chosen medium. Paper for each edition is supplied by the Print Commission sponsor, Canson Australia.
The prints are published in the September issue of Imprint. Subscribers can select which prints they would like from that year’s collection. The prints are also available for purchase at PCA member and non-member rates.
PCA Print Commission 2017
Applications for the PCA Print Commission are now closed. This year the judges are Geoffrey Dobson, Director, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, TAS, and Jennifer Marshall, Visual Artist, TAS.
- 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.
- The ten artists selected for the commission 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 2017 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.
- Artists who have been commissioned in the PCA Print Commission program previously are ineligible to apply within 2 years from the year they were commissioned.
Key dates for PCA Print Commission 2017
31 MARCH (5PM) – Applications close
21 APRIL – Artist applications shortlisted
5 JUNE – Shortlisted artists submit bon à tirer
16 JUNE – Final selection of 10 artists made
1 AUGUST – Completed artists’ proofs submitted
1 SEPTEMBER – Print Commissions launched in venues around Australia
13 OCTOBER – Completed editions submitted
Each year, subscribers can select limited edition prints from the ten prints commissioned annually. Over 400 private collectors and many public museums, galleries and schools subscribe to the program and collect new prints by Australian artists each year. An affordable way to build an outstanding collection of works on paper.
One Print – member $230
One Print – non-member $320
Two Prints – member $400
Two Prints – non-member $550
PCA Print Commission 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 commissioned artists: RONA GREEN, HEATHER KUNJARRA KOOWOOTHA, PIA LARSEN, KATY MUTTON, RUJUNKO PUGH, JOHN RYRIE, GWEN SCOTT, SENYE SHEN, ROCHELLE SUMMERFIELD, SOPHIE WESTERMAN.
Born 1972, Vic. Now lives Vic.
Image size: 44 x 33 cm
Paper size: 44 x 33 cm
The pictures I make explore ideas about our sense of individuality. Specifically, how identity is expressed via the body; physical appearance and the ways it can be altered; the skin and its potential to be the stem point for transformation. Through the fabrication of strange and unusual hybrid creatures I champion idiosyncrasy.
|Heather Kunjarra Koowootha
Born 1966, Qld. Now lives Qld.
Etching and aquatint
Image size: 49.5 x 34 cm
Paper size: 72 x 50 cm
Printed by Theo Tremblay at No Fixed Press.
Congratulations to Heather Kunjarra Koowootha, who received the Indigenous Artist Award.
The old people still talk about the day the missionaries took away my people, the Kunganyji, from the island of Kabirah, today called Fitzroy Island. Our island was torched, to force my people down to the main beach where they boarded luggers and the mission sloop, which ferried them to the mainland. Turtle Beach was where they were supposed to settle, but this was not their land and soon Yarrabah community was built and most settled there. But it was never peaceful with so many different tribes.
They carried whatever possessions they owned in their handmade baskets. They were like refugees. The government used our island as a quarantine station and later for military training and a naval defense base in world war two. Now the tourists go there to an expensive hotel and swim with the fish and look at the beautiful corals. We still know where the burial sites are and remember the stories of that island.
Born 1967, NSW. Now lives NSW.
Welcome – US
Archival pigment print on cotton rag
Image size: 43.24 x 30 cm
Paper size: 53.24 x 38 cm
Printed by Nick Greenwich.
Welcome – US presents impressions of time and place, recorded during a residency in Rosendale, Upstate New York. The images were printed on hand-made paper and folded into (US-sized) ‘milk cartons’. The title invokes a simple promise to, ‘Welcome us’ to the ‘US’, whoever we may be. If only it were so.
Born 1975, ACT. Now lives ACT.
Image size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Paper size: 49 x 38 cm
Congratulations to Katy Mutton who was awarded the Artspace Residency, Sydney.
The Stack was inspired by a painting I created in 2015. The work features military drones as semi-tessellated geometric forms, against a vertical striped background. My interest in military aviation lies in the tension between the idolatrous romanticism of flying machines and their capability as machines of war and surveillance.
Born 1970, Japan. Now lives NSW.
Screenprint and acrylic
Image size: 56 x 45.5 cm
Paper size: 61 x 49 cm
My work draws on 19th century Japanese textiles and portraiture to explore themes such as self, history, culture, and environmental issues. In this work, as a reference to the catastrophic Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011, the relationship between Japanese society and nuclear power is contemplated. Ningyō means traditional doll in Japanese.
Born 1961, Vic. Now lives Vic.
Image size: 52.5 x 33 cm
Paper size: 52.5 x 33 cm
Born 1959, NSW. Now lives in Vic.
Pomona dreaming of her nemesis
Image size: 30 x 30 cm
Paper size: 42 x 38 cm
This print references the theme of Pomona, a Roman mythological goddess of fruit trees, orchards and gardens. Pomona watches over and protects fruit trees and cares for their cultivation. Including my own mythology into this theme, Pomona is portrayed in a restful position dreaming of the threat to her orchard by her nemesis the butterfly/codling moth while her dog watches on. My own dog is used here to reinforce the idea of the dog as human protector and to set-up a triangular relationship. Wanting more psychological effect, I replaced the pruning knife (Pomona’s attribute in documented mythology) with a scythe and used intense colour to achieve this effect.
Born 1967, China. Now lives Vic.
Image size: 36 x 38 cm
Paper size: 36 x 38 cm
My work explores the invisible forces and energies in nature through space. Trace IV presents a glimpse of reverberation in our surroundings through visual sensation of movement to raise consciousness of the ever-changing world, and to pause and reflect on the nature of existence.
Born 1960, NSW. Now lives NSW.
Her Feathers Unfurl
Five-colour screenprint with collage
Image size: 54 x 38 cm
Paper size: 76 x 57.5 cm
Printed with Malcolm King at Kingstudio.
Through collage and hand-drawn imagery, Her Feathers Unfurl is an exploration of transformation. The sassy heroine is wistful, perhaps constrained by the responsibilities of urban life. She looks through the inviting sunlit window and finds the room is malleable, nature is inside and her potential is realised.
Born 1991, Vic. Now lives Vic.
Congratulations to Sophie Westerman, who received the Emerging Artist Award.
To be beside oneself has two potential meanings: to be filled with emotion such joy or grief; or to step outside one’s present and act as an observer. I am beside myself uses imagery of the house and the facade as a language to explore these different yet connected concepts.
With sincere thanks to the participating galleries and institutions where the 2016 prints will be exhibited.
The Print Commission subscription
Over 400 individual collectors and many public museums, schools and galleries pre-subscribe to the Print Commission. This enables collectors to select new commissioned prints each year and develop their personal and public collections, increasing in value over time.
An opportunity for artists
The PCA Print Commission provides a major promotional and professional development opportunity for the selected artists.
Prints become part of significant public and private collections throughout the country. All prints enter the PCA print archive collection, commenced in 1967, the State Library Victoria Collection, and the Canson Australia Corporate Collection.
Application forms inviting artists to submit images and be part of the annual commissioning program are distributed nationally in the December issue of Imprint– so don’t miss out!
You can buy past Print Commissions from these artists now from our online store.