Submission Guidelines

Please make sure that you have read and understood the guidelines before submitting your application form. If you have any queries please consult the FAQ page or contact the DPO Team for clarification. Please resolve your query before submitting your application.

Original Work

The exhibition is open to all artists (over the age of 16), based in the United Kingdom, working purely within the medium of printmaking.

All prints submitted must be original, hand-pulled fine art prints, produced using a recognised printmaking technique on archival papers (hand coloured, mixed-media and/or digital pieces will not be accepted). If you are unsure that your print(s) meet these requirements, please contact us to confirm before submitting your application form.

Submission Fee

All submission fees are non-refundable and offset costs incurred for administration, installation and promotional literature for the Derby Print Open.


Unframed Work Submissions
£25 per entrant
We invite printmakers to submit up to five (5) original unframed prints per entrant smaller than A3 in size. Upon selection, printmakers will be invited to include up to five (5) additional unframed prints from the same edition (where possible).

Accepted Works

Applications are accepted incorporating any theme or subject, but works must not have been shown in the Derby Print Open previously. 

Entrants can submit up to 5 unframed prints. Subject to selection, each entrant will be guaranteed to exhibit at least one of the submitted works provided all other guidelines are adhered to.

We may also request (up to 5) additional unframed prints from the same edition if work is selected. These unframed works will be made available for sale online via our shop. 

All work available for sale will be subject to a 30% commission, if sold. 

All work must be appropriately signed & editioned by the artist. Please note, we do not require work to part of an edition (monotypes are accepted).

Previously exhibited work is acceptable as long as the above requirements are met.

Important Dates

February 1st
Call for entries open

Feb - April
Applications accepted online

April 30th
Deadline for applications

Applications will be shortlisted and all printmakers notified by 7th May

May 15th
Deadline to approve catalogue pages

Virtual exhibition showing 1st - 30th June

Provision of Images

Please ensure that all images submitted as part of the application process are photographed or scanned at high resolution (minimum 300dpi). Work should be photographed or scanned to include the paper margin and editioning. Any work not submitted in this manner will not be included for selection.

The artist retains copyright at all times to their work.

Delivery & Collection of Work

The Derby Print Open 2021 is a virtual exhibition, therefore work does not need to be delivered unless sold.

Printmakers will be notified of sales at the end of the exhibition period, and a request will be made for any sold work to be posted to the studio via a trackable service. Sold work should be received by the studio before Wed 7th July 2021.

Payment Options

The primary and preferred payment options for the Derby Print Open are via Debit/Credit Card or PayPal.

To pay online click on the payment link (once you have submitted the application form) and follow the online instructions.



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