Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by 'original hand-pulled prints'?

All submissions must be created using a recognised printmaking process: e.g. Serigraphy, Etching, Lithography, Mezzotint, Monoprint, Dry point, Linocut, Woodcut, Collography etc...

Purely digital / photographic prints will not be accepted. However, the inclusion of digital/photographic work as part of the image creation process is welcomed (eg: photographic etching), provided that the final physical print is not produced using a digital print method.

Chine Collé techniques must be used in conjunction with archival glues and archival papers (eg: inkjet prints are not acceptable).

Do you accept digital prints?

The Derby Print Open is a celebration of hands-on printmaking processes. As the guidelines explain, it is fine to include digital work as part of the image making process provided that the final physical print is not produced using an exclusively digital print process.

Is there an assigned theme?

No, there is no assigned theme. We wanted to keep things simple and make it open to as many contributors as possible so there is no emphasis on a theme.

Who organises the Derby Print Open, and why?

The Derby Print Open is organised by Green Door Printmaking Studio. We are Derbyshire's only open access printmaking studio dedicated to the art and craft of innovative and environmentally sound printmaking. As part of our ethos, we are trying to raise the profile of printmaking as a primary art form with a long and distinguished history.

After much consideration, we decided to organise and host the first Derby Print Open in order to further promote printmaking and printmakers to a wider audience, celebrating this medium in its many variations to all. 

Prior to the Derby Print Open, Derbyshire did not have an Open exhibition purely for showcasing printmaking, so, we decided to start one!

Are there any size restrictions to consider when submitting the application?

At present there is no size limit on work submitted. Please note, however, all work must be 2D based (preferably with the ability to be displayed in a frame but we are open to other display options). 

What does the submission fee cover?

The submission fee (£25 for up to three entries) will cover the costs incurred for administration, installation and promotional literature for the Derby Print Open. Other costs covered by the submission fee will include accommodation hire and secure storage of print submissions for the duration of the exchange process, additional insurance cover, and web site design and exhibition promotion.


As a side note, the Derby Print Open is currently self-funded project. We very much believe in making printmaking accessible to all and as part of our ethos we do not agree with establishments who overcharge artists for exhibiting and promotion opportunities. It is for this reason that (subject to available space) each entrant will be guaranteed to exhibit at least one of the submitted works provided all other guidelines are adhered to.

If my work is accepted, can I post it to you rather than deliver in person?

You are more than welcome to submit work if you are based anywhere in the UK. However, please note that any additional postage costs incurred will need to be covered separately from the submission fee.

If your application is successful and you would prefer to post your work to us, please let us know in advance and send us your tracking code so we can ensure that it reaches us safely. We cannot be held responsible for any damages during transit.

We are available to wrap and post items back to your return address, however, please let us know your preferred delivery service and address. You will receive an invoice for the return postage if this is not already arranged by yourself.

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