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Compact Prints International Print Exhibition, Exchange & Auction

26 August 2022 - 02 October 2022

Compact Prints International Print Exhibition, Exchange & Auction


Barbara Pierce, Group (detail), 2022, Inkjet print on Hahnemuele, 10.5 x 10.5cm (12 x 12cm paper). 

Compact Prints was first held in 2002, originally conceived and curated by Rebekah Butler. The exhibition welcomed international artists in 2004 and has continued as a biennial exhibition ever since, including national and international tours. The program is greatly appreciated and anticipated, and shared widely via printmaking organisations, artist participants' networks and online. Many of the artists who have previously exchanged artworks now correspond all around the world. Compact Prints 2022 is a celebration of contemporary print practices, embracing traditional and technological methods. The program provides artists a forum to exchange artwork and ideas. It also provides an opportunity to exhibit in a contemporary art space while supporting Umbrella through its fundraising auction.

Compact Prints is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022, having evolved into a significant benchmark of international engagement for printmakers across the globe. Registrations and submissions to participate in Compact Prints 2022 have now closed.

Exhibition opening launch
6pm Friday 26 August 2022
Compact Prints will open alongside 3 other exhibitions: Katya Venter - How to be a Good Doll, Aicey Zaro - Motherland and Wing Hong Leung - Elevator DreamsPlease note there is limited accessibility to Elevator Dreams, with full details in the link.

Auction details
All prints are available through a silent auction running until the exhibition closes. Auction registration and bidding are now available and we encourage visitors to revisit throughout the exhibition. All of the prints are also displayed online here however bids can only be made in person or by phone. Bidding will close at 1pm Sunday 2 October 2022. Winning bidders will then be notified soon afterwards.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region - Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal - as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

Umbrella is a Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.


Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.