Southbank Printmakers Mini Print Competition 2023 Guidelines
Printmakers are invited to submit work for the Southbank Printmakers Mini Print Exhibition 2023. Now in its 4th year, this popular independent gallery-led show will again be home to a range of exciting mini prints from across the UK and beyond, giving both professional and amateur printmakers the chance to exhibit and sell in our gallery and online shop. Artists who are selected to exhibit also have the chance to win prizes offered by our sponsors.
The exhibition will run at our gallery in Gabriel’s Wharf on the Southbank from Tuesday 3 October to Sunday 3 December 2023 and have an opening private view and closing awards night. All selected works will also be included in the SBP online shop from Tuesday 3 October 2023 to Sunday 7 January 2024.
Print Submission Requirements
Submissions are invited from artists working in any recognisable hand-produced printmaking technique, such as screen printing, lithography, etching, engraving, collagraph, monotype, block printing, woodcut etc.
Digital prints (prints made with an inkjet or laser printer) are not accepted. However, digital processes can be used to elaborate prints that are traditionally printed.
Each artist may submit up to three entries. Each entry costs £15.
The print image must be contained within a square area of 10cm x 10cm on a paper size measuring exactly 15cm x 15cm.
There is no specific theme, however, as Southbank Printmakers Gallery is open to the general public, we reserve the right not to display anything we deem to be unsuitable.
All works will be prepared for exhibition by Southbank Printmakers in a white mount and hung in panels on the back walls of our gallery.
All prints must be signed, numbered, and titled by the artist, in pencil, beneath the image.
All entries must be original and created within the last 2 years.
Sale of Work
The Southbank Printmakers Mini Print Exhibition is a selling exhibition and artists are advised that a total of 35% commission will be retained by Southbank Printmakers Gallery so please set your selling prices bearing this in mind.
The print price is at the artists’ discretion, but SBP advises a price range of between £40-£150. Over the last two years the average price of prints sold has been £60.
If selected the artist will be asked to send another of the same print for the browser, also on paper measuring 15x15cm, backed with a stiff card, wrapped in cellophane and with a label on the back with name, title, medium and price. If the print is a monotype then a similar themed monotype will be acceptable.
All payments for sales of pieces will be made by Southbank Printmakers Gallery to the artist after the end of the exhibition.
Included in the online shop.
All selected works may be included in the SBP online shop with the permission of each artist. The online Mini Print Shop will remain open for a further 5 weeks and close on Sunday 7 January.
All professional and amateur UK printmakers are invited to submit work for this exhibition
For 2023, submission will take place in two stages:
Digital submission – Due Friday 30 June 2023;
Selected prints to be delivered to the gallery – Due Friday 15 September 2023
Please submit a completed SBP Mini Print Entry Form and the image(s) of your prints to email@example.com by the due date. The entry form and the images can be Jpeg or Pdf.
A minimum non-refundable entry fee is required of £15 per print. Each artist may submit up to 3 entries (for £45). Payment can be made through the Southbank Printmakers website here or by cheque made payable to Southbank Printmakers Gallery. Please do not send cash.
Can be paid ahead of submission of the entry form and images. Payment will secure your entry but leave you time to complete your print and submit before the closing date of 30 June 2023; or
Must be paid at the digital submission stage by cheque or through the SBP website (see above for details) or your entry will not be valid for selection. Please click the icon below to make payment:
Selection and Delivery of Prints
After the digital submission, the selection process by the SBP Mini Print Team will take place and the artist will receive a notification by email of selection and instructions for the physical delivery of your prints from 17 July but no later than 31 July 2023. Selected works must be delivered to the SBP Gallery (see address below). These will be included in the SBP Mini Print Exhibition Tuesday 3 October to Sunday 3 December 2023 and in the SBP online shop for selected prints from Tuesda 3 October 2023 to Sunday 7 January 2024.
Return of Prints and Postage
All unsold prints will be returned to artists who have supplied a SAE through the post, or can be collected from the SBP gallery on Saturday 20 January 2023. If you do not instruct us with regard to your returned prints by 29 February 2024, we will assume that you wish to donate your prints to the gallery, and we will dispose of them accordingly.
More details on this will be sent out when your prints are selected for exhibition.
Editions and Replacement Prints
Please send a second piece of each edition for the browser to enable sales. If the print on show is a monotype, then a similar monotype will be acceptable. In the event of a sale, you will be contacted by Southbank Printmakers Gallery to send a replacement print. Requests for replacement prints are limited to 2 prints per image per person.
All work is always the responsibility of the artist, so please ensure that your work is adequately insured.
There will be several prizes including the Public Vote Prize and the SBP Printmakers Prize. More details will be published before the exhibition begins.
Publicity & Copyright
All participating artists agree to their selected work being featured in on-line and off-line publicity and marketing materials promoting the exhibition. The copyright of all works remains vested in the artist, but the right is reserved for SBP Gallery and/or the sponsors of the exhibition to reproduce any of the prints in connection with the exhibition, and its publicity, free of charge.
Exhibition Venue and Contact Details
Address: Southbank Printmakers Gallery, 12, Gabriel's Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP
Any enquiries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mini Print Competition Team
Tim Mitchell (SBP online shop)
Summary of dates SBP Mini Print Competition 2023
Entries open: Monday 15 May
Closing date for entries: Friday 30 June
Artist informed of selection from Friday 17 July to 31 July
Deadline for prints to arrive in the gallery: Friday 15 September
Hang: Monday 2 October.
Private View: Saturday 7 October.
Exhibition: Tuesday 3 October - Sunday 3 December.
Closing drinks: Saturday 2 December.
Takedown: Monday 4 December.
The online exhibition closes Sunday 7 January 2024.
Return of prints by SAE (as supplied by the artist) from 14 January.
Pick up of unsold prints Saturday 20 January 2024.