Print Commission 2021 Applications

$33.00$43.00 inc GST

For over five decades, the PCA’s Print Commission has showcased many of the most talented, innovative and influential artists working in print. Galleries, museums and institutional collections across Australia and overseas subscribe to the Commission; and for many individual collectors, the program has been the beginning of a lifelong passion.

We now invite applications for the 2021 Print Commission, for the opportunity to become part of this internationally esteemed program.

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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, 1 March, 2021.


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.

Up to seven artists will be selected from the shortlist for the Print Commission. Selected artists each receive a supply of quality printmaking paper for editioning, provided by the Print Commission sponsors Arthouse Direct and Clairefontaine. (Please note that artists selected must request approval from the Print Council for use of paper other than that supplied.)

Each selected artist will produce five artist proofs, and a full edition of 30 prints. From this edition, one impression will be held in the PCA Archive Collection, and one will be provided to the Print Commission sponsors in recognition of their support. The remaining impressions will be made available for purchase to subscribers and the public.

The Print Council will pay a fee of $700 (plus GST) to each selected artist. Contractual details for 2021 will be provided on the Conditions and Agreement form forwarded to selected artists.

Non-PCA members are welcome to apply; however 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 four years.
  3. Artists who have been commissioned for this program in the previous three years (Print Commission 2020, 2019 and 2018 programs) 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 considered.

Entries are due 5pm 1 March 2021.


The Print Council of Australia gratefully acknowledges the support of Arthouse Direct and Clairefontaine for the Print Commission 2021 program.

Key dates 2021
1/12/21 – Applications open
01/03/21 – Applications close
16/03/21 – Shortlisted artists notified
10/05/21 – Shortlisted artists submit bon à tirer
01/06/21 – Final selection of artists 
20/08/21 – Completed editions & artists’ proofs submitted to PCA
01/09/21 – Print Commission launched

Sheyne Tuffery, The Pattern Inside, relief print
PCA Print Commission 2020


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