Print Prize

The PRINTOPIA Print Prize and Exhibition is a new initiative to promote experimentation and innovation in contemporary printmaking in Aotearoa.

To encourage and inspire young and emerging artists from across the country to engage with printmaking, there is a category for secondary students, tertiary students and an open section. The selected finalists will have their work exhibited at The Printopia Festival of Original Print, 5 ‚Äď 7 May 2023 at Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson, Auckland.

The judges will announce the winners and award the prizes at the opening reception on Friday 5 May. During the weekend visitors can vote for the People’s Choice Award. Winners will receive a combination of cash prizes and vouchers for Permaset’s award winning screen-printing products recognized as the world’s number one environmentally friendly screen-printing inks.

To support a spirit of experimentation and innovation, submissions can use a combination of different printmaking techniques but must include at least one layer of Permaset ink. Works can be collaborative and need to be accompanied by an artist statement outlining the idea behind the piece. Prints can be on any substrate with a limit of 1 meter square for both 2D and 3D pieces.

Important dates:
24 February 2023 ‚Äď Open for online submissions.
17 March 2023 ‚Äď Deadline for submissions.
24 March 2023 ‚Äď Finalists and non-finalists notified.
28 April 2023 ‚Äď Work delivered to Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Lebanon Lane, Henderson.
5 May 2023 ‚Äď Prize award ceremony.
5 ‚Äď 7 May 2023 ‚Äď Exhibition open to the public + voting for the People‚Äôs Choice Award.
8 May 2023 ‚Äď People‚Äôs Choice Announced + unsold artwork collected.

Categories and Prizes
Open category: First prize $1,000 cash + 500 voucher for Permaset products. Merit $500 cash + $250 voucher for Permaset products.
Tertiary (must be enrolled in or graduated in last 6 months from a tertiary institute): First prize $1,000 cash + 500 voucher for Permaset products. Merit $500 cash + $250 voucher for Permaset products.
Secondary(must be enrolled in Year 11 ‚Äď 13 secondary school) First prize $500 cash + $250 voucher for Permaset products for your school. Merit $200 cash + $150 voucher for Permaset products for your school.
People’s choice award: $200 voucher for Permaset products.

Conditions of entry:
‚ÄĘ There is a $10 entry fee for secondary students and $20 for tertiary students and open section, two submissions per entry.
‚ÄĘ Price should include 30% commission. Work can be NFS.
‚ÄĘ Delivery and pick up of work is the responsibility of the artist.
‚ÄĘ Work can be framed or unframed.

For more details please contact:
Ina Arraoui ‚Äď Festival Director
027 347 0943