Print Commission Application

$33.00$43.00 inc GST

Applications for the PCA Print Commission 2019 are now closed.

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


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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
– A PDF or Word document which lists 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, 22 February, 2019.


Please email 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 labelled with the artist’s name followed by the title of the work in the file name, i.e jpeg.

Artworks entered should be recent and made over the past 4 years. 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 enter PCA Print Commission 2019

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. Commissioned prints automatically enter the PCA Print Archive (established 1967), and the collection of the State Library of Victoria.

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.


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

Shortlisted artists produce a bon á tirer proof (or working drawings if the medium precludes this) of an entirely new print and judges make their final selection.

From these proofs, seven artists are selected for the Print Commission and each produce seven artists’ proofs and an edition of between 30 and 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 into PCA Print Commission are to be of original works of the entrant and must have been made in the past 4 years.
  3. Artists who have been commissioned by the Print Council for the PCA Print Commission in the two preceding years (Print Commission 2018, Print Commission 2017) are ineligible to apply.
  4. By paying the entry fee you agree to the 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 February 22nd, 2019.

Key dates 2019
16/12/18 – Applications open
22/02/19 – Applications close
12/03/19 – Shortlisted artists notified
14/05/19 – Shortlisted artists submit bon à tirer
27/05/19 – Final selection of artists 
02/08/19 – Completed artists’ proofs submitted to PCA
01/09/19 – Print Commissions launched
07/10/19 – Completed editions submitted to PCA

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