Monday, 30 April 2012


Deadline 4 June - apply online

In order to promote the best in contemporary printmaking, and to spotlight new talent, the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) is launching a brand new printmaking exhibition: the RE OPEN. Designed as a showcase for excellence in printmaking, the exhibition will also provide a fascinating forum for consideration of current trends and new directions in this ever evolving and extraordinarily creative art form.

Selected by a distinguished group of artists, academics, curators, print dealers and collectors, the exhibition will reflect the discerning judgment of the panel and will be hung so that viewers can clearly identify the particular selections of individual panel members.

Prof. David Ferry RE
Artist and Head of Printmaking, Cardiff School of Art & Design

Mark Hampson
Artist and Head of Material Processes, Royal Academy Schools

Colin Harrison
Assistant Keeper of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum

Elizabeth Harvey-Lee Hon RE
Print Dealer

John Purcell Hon RE
Paper Merchant

Deborah Roslund Hon RE
Print Collector

Dr. Bren Unwin PRE
Artist and RE President


Following an open submission selection, approximately 200 works will be selected for an exhibition at Bankside Gallery, situated next door to Tate Modern, at the heart of the UKʼs thriving art scene, August 2012.

17 August - 2 September 2012
Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers
Bankside Gallery
(next door to Tate Modern)
48 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH

All exhibiting artists will be invited to a Private View of the exhibition, during which the Prizes will be awarded.


A wide range of significant prizes will be awarded, including:

Brangwyn Memorial Prize
A prize of £1000 for an outstanding print

Printmaking Today Prize
An editorial feature in Printmaking Today

RIS Purchase Prize
A purchase prize of £500

John Purcell Paper Award
Materials to the value of £150

T N Lawrence Printmaking Award
Materials to the value of £150

R K Burt Exhibition Award
A solo show in the RKB Gallery, Union Street, London, SE1. The gallery offers 90 square meters of wall hanging space over 2 floors. The winning artist would be required to hang and invigilate the gallery space for the duration of the 2 week show and to bear the cost of any expenses incurred.

RE Guest Membership Award
Free guest membership of the RE for one year

Intaglio Prize
Materials to the value of £150


Entry is by online submission. ENTER ONLINE NOW.

Artists unable to enter online should contact Ed Parsons Brown at Bankside Gallery for further details on postal entry:

Tel: 020 7928 7521


Entry is £25 per artist for up to six works. Student entries receive a 50% discount on this fee.



4 June: Deadline for entry 5pm.

6 July: Artists notified of results.

13 August
: Hand in of selected works, 1-7pm, Bankside Gallery.

16 August
: Exhibition Private View and Prize Giving, 6-8pm

17 August - 2nd September
: Exhibition opens to the public.

3 September
: Collection of unsold work, 12 noon -7pm.   

4 September
: All uncollected works removed from gallery to store. Collection then at artists' expense.

The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) is Britain's longest established elected body of professional artists who make prints. Its on-going purpose is to promote and encourage the highest standards of creative and technical excellence in printmaking in all its diverse forms. Founded in 1880 by Sir Francis Seymour Haden, it was originally titled the Society of Painter Etchers and established to counter the Royal Academy of Artsʼ refusal, at that time, to recognise printmaking as a creative rather than reproductive art.

The RE holds regular exhibitions of Membersʼ prints at Bankside Gallery, London and other venues, showing traditional skills - etching, lithography, wood engraving and mezzotint - alongside the latest digital, photographic and mixed media techniques. Its 200-strong membership includes artists from all over the world including the USA, Japan, Argentina and Europe.


Artist & Illustrator Magazine (A&I) have kindly offered to send all RE OPEN 2012 entrants access to a free copy of their online magazine. If you do not wish to receive this free offer, please ensure you choose the appropriate option on the application review page when asked 'I wish to receive further details about:'

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