Ursula Hoff Essay for Imprint 2018

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Dr Ursula Hoff was an influential print curator and historian, whose long and distinguished career at the National Gallery of Victoria spanned four decades. Dr Hoff was also one of the Print Council of Australia’s founding members and its first President.

In honour of Dr Hoff’s rich legacy of print scholarship, the PCA in partnership with the Ursula Hoff Institute are inviting submissions from emerging and established art historians, curators and writers, to write an original research essay that considers an aspect of Australian print culture over the past 50 years. This can include the work of individual artists, printmaking groups and collectives, studios and workshops, or particular trends within Australian printmaking, thus a broad interpretation of “Australian print culture” is encouraged. 

Submissions will be assessed by a selection panel, and one writer will be commissioned to produce an original 2000 word essay for publication in the Summer issue of Imprint (December 2018), and will receive $1100.00 for their work.


Deadline for Submissions – ** DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY 16th JULY, 2018 (5pm EST)

Successful Applicant Notified – Week beginning Monday 30th July, 2018

Deadline for Finished Essay – Monday 8th October, 2018


  • Applicants must submit a 300-400 word proposal outlining what aspect of Australian print culture they would focus on if successful. The proposal and resulting essay must be original, and entirely the work of the author. The Ursula Hoff Essay for Imprint has been created to commission a new piece of written work based on original research, for publication in Imprint magazine. Proposals should not be based on an existing or previously published essay.
  • Applicants must submit ONE example of previously written work, maximum 3000 words, as support material.
  • Applicants must include a separate coversheet document with their Name / Address / Email Address / Phone Number clearly stated.
  • Submission documents should be in Word format, size 12 font.
  • The Selection Panel will assess all applications by blind submission, so applicants must remove details of authorship from the proposal and support material documents submitted.
  • This opportunity is open to Australian and international applicants.
  • The successful applicant selected to write the inaugural Ursula Hoff Essay for Imprint, must be or become a Print Council of Australia member.

All submissions to Marguerite Brown at generalmanager@printcouncil.org.au

This opportunity has been generously funded by the Ursula Hoff Institute


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