For over 50 years the Print Council of Australia has invited contemporary artists to create new editions of original prints on an annual basis, which are then allocated to subscribers and acquired by collections. This essential activity has taken different forms over the past five decades, including Member Prints, Patron Prints and Presidential Prints – developing into what we now celebrate as the PCA Print Commission.
An impression of each print commissioned from today to 1967 is held in the PCA Print Archive. This forms a collection of national significance, and an important snapshot of Australian print practice over half a century.
In 2012 the State Library of Victoria acquired one print from each limited edition in the collection, thus the PCA Print Archive is now also preserved in its entirety in this major public collection. The SLV continue to acquire the complete set of prints commissioned every year by the PCA in order to retain the complete collection as it grows.
The collection can be accessed for study by appointment.
Image: John Coburn, Walbiri, 1984 Patron Print