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.

At present there is no size limit on work submitted. Please note, however, all work must be 2D based.

Submission Fee

The (non-refundable) submission fee is £25 per entrant (for up to three prints), which offsets costs incurred for administration, installation and promotional literature for the Derby Print Open.

Accepted Works

Applications are accepted incorporating any theme or subject, but works must have been produced after January 2017.

Entrants can submit up to 3 prints. 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 accepted, the original print(s) must be framed (at the expense of the artist) and be delivered to the studio, complete with a label on the reverse stating the artist's name, print title and medium.

All framed work must also be affixed with appropriately sized mirror plates (half-way down the frame on either side). Please note, mirror plates provided must be large enough to support the weight of the frame.

As of 2019, we will also be asking for unframed wrapped originals of framed works accepted. These unframed works will be made available for sale in print browsers. If requested, please ensure these are appropriately wrapped in cellophane (with an acid-free backing board to prevent damage to prints) complete with a label on the reverse stating the artist's name, print title and medium. 

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

5 January 2019
Call for entries open

5 Jan - 30 March 2019
Applications accepted online

April 2019
Applications will be shortlisted and all printmakers notified by 17th April

May 2019
Shortlisted printmakers will be invited to deliver work to Green Door Printmaking Studio (between 13th - 18th May)

7 June 2019
Exhibition launch evening and awards gifted (5pm - 8pm)

7 - 29 June 2019
Derby Print Open exhibition showing at:
Green Door Printmaking Studio, Banks Mill Studios, DE1 3LB

July 2019
Collection of unsold work from studio (1st - 6th July)

Delivery & Collection of Work

All work must be delivered to Green Door Printmaking Studio between 13th - 18th May 2019.

Please note, we are only available receive deliveries in person on Mon, Wed, Thurs & Sat. Posted deliveries that require a signature will need to email to confirm dates and times.

Please make delivery of work to:

Green Door Printmaking Studio
Banks Mill Studios
71 Bridge Street
Derby, DE1 3LB
Plan your visit

Any unsold works can be collected from the studio between 1st - 6th July 2019. Please note, return postal deliveries must be organised by and at the expense of the artist (Green Door is available to package work ready for collection).

Green Door Printmaking Studio cannot be held responsible for any damage to work not collected during the above stated dates.

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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