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 framed prints per entrant smaller than A2 in size. Upon selection, printmakers will be invited to include up to two (2) 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. All prints submitted must have been produced within the last five years (2018-2022).

Entrants can submit up to 5 framed 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 2) 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

February - March
Applications accepted online

March 31st
Deadline for applications

Applications will be shortlisted and all printmakers notified by 7th April. Work should be delivered to studio between 17th - 23rd April

May 7th
Deadline to approve catalogue pages

Virtual exhibition showing 1st - 30th June

Unsold work to be collected from the studio between 3rd - 9th July

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

Selected work for the Derby Print Open 2023 should be delivered to the studio between 17th - 23rd April. Shortlisted printmakers will be given the opportunity to book a delivery slot with our team to ensure prior to this delivery period. Please note, covid guidelines should be adhered to (face masks and social distancing will be in place).

Printmakers who would prefer to post selected work should ensure it is securely packaged and posted to the studio within this delivery period via a trackable service.

Printmakers will be notified of sales at the end of the exhibition period.

Unsold work should be collected from the studio between 3rd - 9th July.

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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