Participate in Compact Prints 2022
20 Years of Compact Prints - International Print Exhibition, Auction and Exchange
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts invites artists working in traditional and digital print media to participate in our 11th international print program. 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. Explore the previous years' prints, exhibitions and details here.
Artists can register by paying the $25 AU administration fee and submit artwork details (via the payment and form sections on this page) by midnight (AEST) Sunday 31 July 2022. Artists must then post / deliver 3 identical prints (from the 1 edition) to Umbrella by the deadline below. 1 print is exhibited (and kept by Umbrella for archiving and potential touring); 1 is auctioned as a fundraiser for Umbrella and to assist with event costs; and 1 print is posted as an artwork exchange with another participant, through a random selection process. The exhibition, artworks and details will also be documented and presented digitally for international and Australian audiences to explore.
Artwork restrictions and recommendations
Participating artists need to provide 3 prints from 1 artwork edition. The paper size of each print must measure 12 x 12cm however the print may be any size on that paper (including full-page bleeds). Prints that are oversized may be omitted or cropped. Prints can include other materials / methods (e.g. chine-collé, stitching) provided that a form of printing is the primary method, and that each of the 3 prints is identical. Umbrella encourages artists to print on high-quality acid-free paper. Digital prints cannot just be photographs - they must be manipulated. There is no set theme however Umbrella reserves the right to monitor or refuse work that may cause offence to the general public. The prints must be newly created (after 1 January 2021).
Artworks must be received by Umbrella by 1pm (AEST) Sunday 7 August 2022.
If you are sending your artwork by post, please ensure you send it well in advance of this due date, as COVID-19 has caused extensive delays with Australian and international postal deliveries. Umbrella strongly encourages entrants to use Express Post if possible, and recommends international artists to send works with at least 6 weeks' lead time and Australian artists to send with at least 2 weeks' lead time prior to 7 August 2022. Artworks received after the due date will not be exhibited.
If delivering your work in person, please deliver during Umbrella's regular opening hours (9am-5pm Tues-Fri / 9am-1pm Sat-Sun) to 408 Flinders St, Townsville QLD. Send your artworks by post to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, PO Box 2394, Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia.
The exhibition opening will commence 6pm Friday 26 August 2022 - further event details coming soon. The exhibition will be on display 26 August - 2 October 2022.
All prints will be available for purchase through a silent auction running throughout the exhibition period. Auction registration and bidding will be available from the opening launch and we encourage visitors to revisit throughout the exhibition. Prints will also be displayed online after the exhibition launch however bids can only be made in person or by phone. Bidding will close at 1pm 2 October 2022. Winning bidders will then be notified soon afterwards.
After the exhibition closes, Umbrella will select pairings for artwork exchanges using an automated, randomised process. Each participant will receive a letter detailing the print they are receiving and which artist received their exchange print.
Full terms and conditions are listed below.
Explore the 2002 - 2020 exhibition archive here.
Artwork registration deadline 31 July
Registration for the 2022 exhibition is required by midnight (AEST) Sunday 31 July 2022. When registering in advance of your artwork submission, please keep the order number from the email you receive as your proof of payment.
Artwork submission deadline 31 July
Artwork details must be submitted (after first registering with payment above) by midnight (AEST) Sunday 31 July 2022 using the form below. Please ensure that your artwork image is of a high-resolution and that your contact / address details are current.
Terms and conditions
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Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia
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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 acknowledges the financial support of: the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Townsville City Council is proud to support Umbrella's Makerspace operations under its Community Grants program.