Now calling for entries, the 2016 Print Awards are open to all British and international artists working with print in its widest interpretation, from traditional to contemporary print processes, including 2D, 3D, video, installation and site-specific work.

The Print Awards are the centrepiece of the International Print Biennale. Created by Northern Print in 2009, the Biennale showcases the broad spectrum of contemporary printmaking across the globe, through an extensive programme of exhibitions, events, activities and an international symposium, held across the North East of England. It is the only event on this scale for printmaking in the UK, and since its inception has established itself as the key event for print in the international arts calendar. In 2014, the third edition of the Biennale’s Print Awards welcomed submissions from over 740 artists from 42 different countries. The International Print Biennale exhibitions across 25 venues attracted over 130,000 visitors. You can see a short film about the 2014 IPB Print Awards HERE


Works selected for exhibition will be shown at one of the following galleries from 16 September 2016 for approximately 8 weeks:

Northern Print
16 September – 30 October 2016
Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NP

16 September – 30 October 2016
First Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE

Gallery North
16 September – 22 October 2016
Sandyford Road, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST

All selected artists will be featured in the catalogue with a colour image, biography and statement and on the International Print Biennale website.  In addition, all selected artists will be invited to the Private View and Prize Announcement.


The 2016 International Print Awards will include a number of residency, bursary and purchase prizes.  Further information about the Prizes will be updated here as they are confirmed.  At present the following Prizes are offered:

  • The Bryan Robertson Trust Award – £4000
    A cash prize awarded to one artist.
  • Northern Print International Residency Prize*
    This is a short residency open to non-UK based artists. This prize will include travel and accommodation to use Northern Print’s printmaking studio in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Paupers Press Residency Prize*
    An opportunity for a UK based artist to work with Paupers Press in London to develop and create a new work which would be launched during The London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy in 2017.  Accommodation and travel are not included.
  • V&A Print Prize *
    The winning print will be included in the V&A’s collection and featured on the V&A’s website with text about the print by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator (Prints).  Note: Please be aware that the artist of the winning print will be required to donate their print to the V&A collection.
  • Clifford Chance Purchase Prize
    An acquisition for the award winning collection of original prints held by the international law firm Clifford Chance, and an opportunity to exhibit a wider selection at the firm’s London offices’
  • National Glass Centre Residency Prize *
    An opportunity for an artist to explore techniques in glass and print supported by specialist staff using National Glass Centre’s extensive production facilities (i.e. screenprinting, kilnforming, waterjet cutting, hot glass and sandblasting). This prize will support the costs of travel within the UK, accommodation and materials.
  • Printmaking Today Prize
    An editorial feature in the UK’s most prestigious print magazine.  This prize is voted for by the public from a shortlist selected by Printmaking Today.

Please note:  Artists should indicate on the entry form if they are eligible and wish to be considered for the prizes marked with an ‘*


We are proud to announce the selectors for the 2016 International Print Awards as: Christiane Baumgartner, Artist; David Cleaton-Roberts, Alan Cristea Gallery; and Sune Nordgren, Writer and Curator.

For further information on each of the selectors, please go to the Downloads/Links page.

Christiane Baumgartner


Christiane Baumgartner was born in Leipzig, Germany, and studied at the Hochschule fur Grafik and Buchkunst before completing her Masters in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in London in 1999. Her work is held in over 30 public collections around the world and she was recently awarded the prestigious Mario Avati Printmaking Prize by the Académie des beaux-arts, Paris.

David Cleaton-Roberts

Alan Cristea Gallery

David Cleaton-Roberts is Director of the Alan Cristea Gallery, a leading commercial contemporary gallery in London. The gallery is the primary representative for a number of established international contemporary artists, artists' estates and emerging artists and the largest publisher of contemporary editions and prints in Europe.

Sune Nordgren

Curator & writer

Sune Nordgren studied at the Forum School for Graphic Art, Malmo, Sweden, and Economic History and Art History at Lund University (1969-74). Until 1990 he was editor of Kalejdoskop, a review for contemporary art and publisher. He is a founding director of BALTIC, The Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England.

In addition to the selected artists’ work, the panel will also invite 3 artists to be represented in the exhibition.  The 2016 invited artists are Marina Bindella (Italy), Cornelia Parker RA (UK) and Adam Saks (Denmark).


Artists can enter online. However, if artists are unable to enter online please contact for further details.

Artists are invited to submit up to 10 images or documentation of their recent work, a series or sequence of works where the work encounters print.

The selectors are aware that some work may not lend itself to reproduction and wish to reassure artists that there may be opportunities to view actual works. If appropriate, artists should explain in their statement how their work encounters print and if there are any site specific or installation requirements.


At the first stage, artists are required to submit the following:

► The completed online entry form
► Images of a max of 10 recent works, series or sequence of works in digital format (jpg, tiff or png max 500kb)
► An up to date supporting CV (maximum of one side of A4)
► A supporting statement (max 200 words)
► A non-refundable £25 application fee per artist

Applications online should be paid through Stripe.

Following the selection process, all artists will be notified of the Selectors’ decision by  1 July 2016.  If for any reason artists have not heard by this date please contact Parker Harris either by email or telephone 01372 462190.

From the open submission applications the panel will select approximately 30 artists. Some artists may be required to supply additional information or in some cases actual work for viewing prior to selection. This will be organised individually with each artist.

The artists selected for final exhibition will be told which artworks will be exhibited by 22 July 2016. The artists selected for final exhibition will be notified by Parker Harris with the delivery details for their work. Selected work can be delivered either to the exhibition venues directly or to a London art carrier.  Full details and dates for delivery will be sent to all selected artists.


Selected artists are responsible for any costs associated with transporting their work to Northern Print for the Print Awards exhibitions; Northern Print will cover the costs of returning works to any artists unable to get to collection points in London or Newcastle.


International Print Biennale will meet any reasonable costs in relation to special requirements, including: the costs of framing any works submitted from overseas; and costs relating to the specialist installation of works. Please outline any special requirements as part of your submission


20 JUNE 2016Deadline for entry 5pm BST
1 JULY 2016All artists notified of initial selection process
22 JULY 2016Selected artists' artworks confirmed for exhibition
16 SEPTEMBER 2016Private View and Prize Winners announced
16 SEPT - 30 OCT 2016 Exhibitions open to public

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