Fen Ditton Gallery Contemporary Printmaking Prize

 Fen Ditton Gallery are delighted to announce the return of the Contemporary Printmaking Prize.

This free-to-enter prize is open to UK-based artists working in the field of printmaking and culminates in a selling exhibition at Fen Ditton Gallery, Cambridge in March.

Since the inaugural printmaking prize in 2021, the gallery has been building on the active, and acknowledged, relationship that the City and University of Cambridge have with historical and contemporary fine art printmaking, and has established a collaborative relationship with Kip Gresham of The Print Studio, Cambridge.

Gallery manager Hannah Munby comments: “I’m really excited that the Contemporary Printmaking Prize is back! I learnt so much about printmaking throughout the process, guided by our wonderful judges, and I am really looking forward to seeing what this year brings. I am particularly interested in discovering young emerging artists in the field and giving them the opportunity to be exhibited alongside established artists in a gallery setting.”

The overall winner of the Contemporary Printmaking Prize will be selected by the panel of distinguished judges: returning judge Elenor Ling (Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at The Fitzwilliam Museum), Kip Gresham (Master-Printmaker and Founder of The Print Studio, Cambridge) and Sir Richard Heaton (Trustee of Koestler Arts, Warden of Robinson College, Cambridge, and art collector).

The winner will be awarded £500 and have the opportunity to be featured across the Fen Ditton Gallery networks, including an interview with Hannah for the popular gallery podcast.

Our media partner, leading industry magazine Pressing Matters Magazine, will also be awarding their own prize winner with a feature in July’s issue and a year’s subscription to the magazine.

How to Enter

Submissions are open from Friday 13th January to Sunday 5th February 2023. To enter complete these steps below:

  1. Read the terms of entry
  2. Choose ONE artwork to enter into the prize that follows all the guidelines for eligible entries (see terms of entry). REMEMBER: This work must be exclusive available to Fen Ditton Gallery if it is successfully shortlisted.
  3. Photograph the artwork abiding by the upload requirements:
    1. You must upload a primary image showing the work in its entirety including border. If you think it would help the judges, you can also enter up to two further images showing details of your work.
    2. Files names must include your name and the title of the artwork you are submitting.
    3. Photographs must be in JPEG, JPG or PNG format and must be no larger than 4mb.
    4. Please upload high resolution images, low quality images may hinder your chances of success. The artwork must be photographed straight on in good, even light and the colours must be true to life. Make sure the work is the right way round before you upload it.
  4. Measure the artwork in CM including border and frame. If you have not had the work framed yet, please just include the border.
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