The Print Council of Australia in partnership with the Ursula Hoff Institute annually invite submissions from emerging and established art historians, curators and writers, to write an original research essay that considers an aspect of Australian print culture over the past 50 years.
Dr Ursula Hoff was an influential print curator and historian, whose distinguished career at the National Gallery of Victoria spanned four decades. Dr Hoff was also one of the Print Council of Australia’s founding members and its first President.
In honour of Dr Hoff’s rich legacy of print scholarship, the PCA in partnership with the Ursula Hoff Institute annually invite submissions from emerging and established art historians, curators and writers, to develop an original research essay that considers an aspect of Australian print culture over the past 50 years. This can include the work of individual artists, printmaking groups and collectives, studios and workshops, or particular trends within Australian printmaking, thus a broad interpretation of “Australian print culture” is encouraged.
Submissions are assessed by a selection panel, and one writer is commissioned to produce an original 2,000 word essay for publication in the Summer issue of Imprint, and receive $1,000 for their work.
URSULA HOFF ESSAY AWARD 2019
Marla Guppy: Suburban life in print (Imprint 54.4, December 2019).
URSULA HOFF ESSAY AWARD 2018
Jamie Derkenne: Printmaking in the age of digital reproduction (Imprint 53.4, December 2018)
URSULA HOFF ESSAY AWARD 2017
Simon Gregg: Conversations through time (Imprint 52.4, December 2017)
Applicants must submit a 300-400 word proposal outlining what aspect of Australian print culture they would focus on if successful. The proposal and resulting essay must be original, and entirely the work of the author. Proposals should not be based on an existing or previously published essay.
Applicants must submit ONE example of previously written work, maximum 3,000 words, as support material. Proposals and support material will be judged blind.
Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit a more detailed outline of their essay to assist the final selection (600-700 words).
This opportunity is open to Australian and international applicants.
The successful applicant selected to write the Ursula Hoff Essay for IMPRINT must be or become a Print Council of Australia member.
This opportunity has been generously funded by the Ursula Hoff Institute.
2022 KEY DATES
Deadline for Proposal Submissions – Wednesday 6 July (5pm AEST)
Shortlisted Applicants Notified – Wednesday 20 July
Shortlisted Applicant Deadline for Detailed Outline – Friday 29 July
Successful Applicant Notified – Friday 5 August
Deadline for Finished Essay – Friday 30 September