There is a thriving contemporary printmaking scene in Birmingham and across the UK, and so it’s always exciting to see the quality of entries for our biennial Print Prize.
With a top prize of £1,000 our exhibition, coming in July, is one of the most fiercely contested and most prestigious in the country. Artists interested in entering have until 23 May.
Birmingham’s long printmaking history stretches back across the twentieth century, when artists inspired by Hayter’s Atelier 17 and Dürer’s workshop in Nuremberg made moves to set up their own facilities to ‘research and experiment in print…’
The first low-cost workshops opened in London in the fifites, and spread across the UK, with the Birmingham Print Workshop opening in 1984. Now known as Birmingham Printmakers, the collective continues to thrive, having seen many hundreds of artists benefit from their print workshop and extended community.
Noteable works by John Howard and Jean Vaudeau are held in the city, and the printmaking scene was championed by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery curator Tessa Sidey.
The RBSA’s own Membership and Friends include many contemporary printmakers producing original printed artworks, including
Heinke Jenkin, Margot Bell, David Harban, the late Paul Hipkiss, Celia Nancarrow, Chris Salmon, Peter Shread, Gordon Yapp, Maggie Kitching, Steve Millward, David White
and Honorary Member Hilary Paynter, whose work is currently on show in a major retrospective at the RBSA.
Chris Salmon, ‘Catwalk’
David White, ‘Padstow Harbour’
Call for Entries
If you are a contemporary printmaker making original prints – etchings, linocuts, screen-prints, engravings – then why not enter our next major exhibition?
The current Call for Entries for our Print Prize Exhibition runs until 4pm on Wednesday May 23.
Why not help us celebrate contemporary printmaking across the UK and be in the running for a top prize of £1,000?
Open to all artists: go to the RBSA website where you’ll find more information and the application pack.
Banner image: Steve Millward, ‘Stourbridge Canal’ (detail)