Why a printmaking festival?

The aim of the festival is to provide a physical platform to bring together the printmaking community, which includes all artists who use the process and medium in their arts practice and extends to all works on paper such as book arts, letterpress and paper cutting. 

By bringing together the community, the aim is to shine a light on the range and calibre of work that is being produced and its potential for collaboration, innovation and fostering a sense of community. The outcome will be that more people participate in printmaking practices, generating an appreciation of the art form and creating a demand for more print classes, print groups and to establish open access print studios in which printmaking can thrive. 


Printopia is a step towards our vision of Auckland becoming one of the leading centres for printmaking in the Asia-Pacific and globally, with a thriving contemporary printmaking scene that inspires research and innovation in the field. The festival will act as a catalyst to ignite the public’s curiosity of print and reinvigorate the practice in schools, tertiary institutes, and arts organisations. 


  • To encourage new audiences to engage with printmaking though demos, workshops, artist talks, panel discussions and purchase original art prints.
  • To support emerging and professional artists who use printmaking techniques in their work by providing exposure and opportunities to build audiences.  
  • To offer networking opportunities for printmakers from across the country to come together and discuss important issues facing the printmaking industry. 
  • To celebrate innovation and promote excellence in the field of contemporary print.