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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 1pm (AEST) Sunday 7 August 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.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are based in a country banned from the VISA and MasterCard networks or severely impacted by military conflict in Ukraine, Russia, Myanmar (or another country), please get in contact as we can waive your registration fee.

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.

Exhibition details
The exhibition opening will commence 6pm Friday 26 August 2022 - for further event details see here. The exhibition will be on display 26 August - 2 October 2022.

Auction details
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.

Exchange details
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 for Compact Prints 2022 has closed

Registration for the 2022 exhibition closed at 1pm (AEST) Sunday 8 August 2022. 

Artwork submissions for Compact Prints 2022 has closed

Artwork details must be submitted by 1pm (AEST) Sunday 7 August 2022 using the form below. Please ensure that your artwork image is of a high-resolution and that your contact / address details are current.

Ensure you draft your application in a Word Document. This will ensure that you have it as a back up if your computer or technology with the online form glitches.

Applicant details

Please list your legal name (to match with your registration name and for postage purposes).
Please list the order number you received after paying the registration fee. For Compact Print workshop participants, list the order number from your workshop booking.
Please include area code/s if applicable.
This is where your exchange print will be posted.
Artist and artwork details

Please write this exactly as you wish the artwork to be titled on the exhibition roomsheet or label, including any capitalisation of letters.
Entries must have been created in the last two years (2021 or 2022).
Please be specific, including the type of print and the paper stock if possible.
The paper size of each print must measure 12 x 12cm however the print can be smaller within that paper size.
E.g. 1/3 or 1/16
E.g. 2/3 or 2/16
E.g. 3/3 or 3/16

Image upload * Upload File

Please write a short statement (350 characters or less) about your artwork.
I agree to adhere to the full conditions of entry listed on this page and in the associated notes.

Terms and conditions
1. The project, artwork restrictions, registration, artwork details and artwork delivery details are all outlined on this page and must be adhered to by participants. Umbrella reserves the right to postpone or extend dates for COVID-19 restrictions or any other reason, and would update the dates at this page if applicable.
2. Umbrella Studio Association Incorporated will handle all works with care. However, no responsibility will be taken for works damaged or lost in transit.
3. A $25.00 AU registration fee is required for all Australian and International participants for Compact Prints 2022. Registration name and contact details must be included with the payment. The fee secures the participating artist's participation, covers administration fees and postage for the exchange. It is non-refundable if for any reason the artist is unable to participate after submission of payment. International payment providers may take additional fees outside of Umbrella's control. 
4. The submission details including postal address must be current and correct to ensure that your exchange print will be sent to the correct address. If the artist's contact details change, they must email updated details to [email protected] by Friday 30 September 2022.
5. Each artist must (and is limited to) present 1 artwork edition with three prints.
6. The artist agrees to notify Umbrella if unable to enter their work by the deadline to complete the exchange. This may allow for another artist to participate.
7. Artist participants are responsible for the cost of producing the work and posting / delivering them to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. Umbrella will pay the return postage of the exchange print via Australia Post, but accepts no liability for works damaged or lost in transit.
8. By participating, registering and submitting artwork images and details, artists agree to adhere to all terms and conditions as outlined including exhibiting their work in Umbrella's gallery (and any potential subsequent tours), and having their work reproduced online and in print (including use for promotional purposes). Should an artist's image be used for promotion, Umbrella will endeavour to credit the artist whenever possible.

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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 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.