Call for Artists

Artists are invited to enter PCA Print Commission 2019

The judges for the Print Commission 2019 are Maria Zagala, Associate Curator: Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Art Gallery of South Australia, and Alice Clanachan, Assistant Curator: Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Art Gallery of South Australia.

The PCA Print Commission offers major promotional and professional development opportunities for commissioned artists. Many public galleries and institutions along with private collectors purchase PCA commissioned prints and build their collection of works on paper on a yearly basis. Commissioned prints are also included in the PCA Print Archive 1967-present; the Canson Australia and State Library Victoria collections.

How it works

  • Artists complete and submit this online application form with a current CV and three images of recent works, and pay the entry fee.
  • 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 seven artists’ proofs and an edition of between 30 and 40 prints for distribution to subscribers.
  • The Print Commission is launched in September in IMPRINT magazine, and artists’ proofs are exhibited in interstate galleries. They 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 (Ex GST).
  • Contractual details for 2019 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.






The PCA Print Commission is open to living artists residing in Australia and New Zealand over the age of 18. The images submitted for entry into PCA Print Commission are to be of original works of the entrant and must have been made in the past three years.



Original artworks made in any form of printmaking will be accepted, including (but not limited to); etching, lithography, screenprint, linocut, woodblock, wood engraving, collagraph and mixed print techniques.

Photographs, digital reproduction prints of work in other media, also known as ‘giclée prints’are not eligible for entry. However original prints created through digital means (including photography) ARE eligible for entry. For further information on this distinction, check the ‘What is a Print’ page of this website.

Please note the final work selected for the commission must be able to be editioned to a minimum of 30 prints plus APs.



Please complete the online entry form and upload 1 high-resolution image of each artwork entered. Artist may enter three artworks. Each image should be a jpeg file, maximum file size 2mb each. Images should be labeled with the artist’s name followed by the title of the work in the file name i.e janesmith_selfportrait.jpeg

Please also upload an Artist CV, as pdf or word files via the online entry form.

Entry Fee must be paid when filling out the online form.

Selection of artworks for final exhibition is to be made via images of entrant’s finished artworks. No incomplete entries will be processed.

Entries are due 5pm February 22nd, 2019.


For any queries please contact generalmanager@printcouncil.org.auT: 03 9416 0150