Print Commission 2020 Applications

$33.00$43.00 inc GST

Applications for the PCA Print Commission 2020 will open on 16 December 2019.


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Print Commission 2020 Applications

For over 50 years the PCA Print Commission has provided major promotional and professional development opportunities for commissioned artists. Each year commissioned prints are launched in the September issue of Imprint magazine, and exhibited around Australia. Many institutions and private collectors purchase PCA commissioned prints to build their collection of works on paper on an annual basis.


1. Pay the online Application Fee above.

2. Send an email to with the following files attached:

– 3 x artwork images (jpeg format only)
– A PDF or Word document listing the artwork image details entered (artist name, artwork title, date, medium, dimensions, edition size)
– An artist CV in PDF or Word format (maximum 2 pages)

3. Applicants must email this information and pay the entry fee to be considered for the PCA Print Commission 2019 by 5pm, 21 February, 2020.


Please email high-resolution images of no more than three artworks. Each image should be a jpeg file, maximum file size 2MB each. Images should be labelled with the artist’s name followed by the title of the work in the file name.

Artworks entered should be recent and created within the past 4 years, and indicative of your practice and level of expertise. Original artworks created 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 and digital reproduction prints of artwork in other media (also known as ‘giclée prints’ ) are not eligible for entry. However, original prints created through digital means (which may include photography) ARE eligible for entry, as falling into the category of digital printmaking. For further information on this distinction, check the ‘What is a Print’ page on this site.


Artists are invited to apply for the PCA Print Commission by following the Application Instructions above and paying the entry fee.

Up to 15 artists will be shortlisted from the applications and asked to produce a bon á tirer proof (or working drawings if the medium precludes this) for an entirely new print.

Seven artists will be selected from the shortlist for the Print Commission. Each selected artist will produce seven artist proofs, and a full edition of 30-40 prints for distribution to subscribers to raise funds for the PCA.

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 quality printmaking paper for editioning, provided by the Print Commission sponsors Arthouse Direct and Magnani 1404.

The Print Council will pay a fee of $700 (plus GST) to each selected artist. 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 as a member.


  1. The PCA Print Commission is open to living artists residing in Australia and New Zealand over the age of 18.
  2. The images submitted for application to the Commission program are to be of original works of the entrant, and must have been made within the past 4 years.
  3. Artists who have been commissioned for this program in the previous two years (Print Commission 2019, Print Commission 2018) are not eligible to apply.
  4. By paying the entry fee you agree to these Terms & Conditions of Entry.

Selection of shortlisted artists will be made via images of entrant’s artworks submitted for application. No incomplete entries will be processed.

Entries are due 5pm 22 February 2020.


The Print Council of Australia gratefully acknowledges the support of Arthouse Direct and Magnani 1404 for the Print Commission 2020 program.

Key dates 2020
16/12/19 – Applications open
21/02/20 – Applications close
13/03/20 – Shortlisted artists notified
08/05/20 – Shortlisted artists submit bon à tirer
05/06/20 – Final selection of artists 
03/08/20 – Completed artists’ proofs submitted to PCA
01/09/20 – Print Commissions launched
09/10/19 – Completed editions submitted to PCA

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