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Open call - Closes on 31 January 2018.


Printmakers are invited to participate in one of East Anglia’s most prestigious exhibitions. Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale is an exhibition of hand-pulled original prints that reflects the traditional, the contemporary, the adventurous, and the innovative styles that are alive in printmaking today.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for Printmakers to exhibit their latest work in a wonderful location in central Cambridge. Following the acclaimed first show in 2014 the second in 2016, the third exhibition will be once again held at the Pitt Building in Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RP opposite the famous Fitzbillies café.

Exhibition dates - Friday 21 - Saturday 29 September 2018. 10.30 - 5pm daily.

Benefits of exhibiting

* 3m of hanging space on professional white screens (2.5m high, 1m wide) with individual specialist lighting.

* Space to have your own browser (a maximum dimension may apply) to sell unframed work.

* Space within the small works gallery area for greeting cards and handmade books.

* Gallery space on the COPB website from April 2018 until April 2019.

•  Your artwork and biography listed in the exhibition catalogue

*  The chance to be in a book published for the event by Mascot Media

•  Invitations to the Private View on 21 September for your client list.

•  Exposure in the local and nationwide publications.

•  The opportunity to sell directly to thousands of visitors.

•  The chance to increase your client mailing list.

*  The opportunity to meet and network with other Printmakers.

•  The possibility to pay fee in installments (dates to be confirmed).

*  Packaging materials for work sold during the exhibition. 

* Cambridge Contemporary Art, Awagami Papers, John Purcell Papers, Hawthown Printmakers Suppliers and Intaglio Printmakers will be awarding prizes during the exhibition.


Participants must live or have a working studio within a radius of 35 miles from the marketplace in central Cambridge.  Only hand-pulled original works printed by the artists themselves will be accepted. Digital prints, gicleé prints and photographs will not be considered.

How to submit

You are invited to submit three recent works and a 100-word synopsis for selection by an external selection panel by 31st January 2018.

Submission entries will be in digital form only. The blue button below will take you to the on-line application form. We will require three recent works saved as a JPEG file no larger than 2MB. File submissions must be saved in the following format:

Your Last Name_Your First Name_Artwork_Title.jpg.

E. g : Po l l o c k _ J a c k s o n _ L a v e n d e r. j p g   

Please respect this format so we can identify your artwork together at all times.


In order to cover administration fees there will be a non-refundable fee of £25. This should be paid via Paypal on the application form.

If your submission is accepted, the cost to each individual Printmaker will be £250. A commission of 33% will be also be charged on all sales. The date of this payment will be announced closer to the time.

Terms & Conditions

  • Printmakers must submit hand-pulled original works, printed by themselves, and not editioned on their behalf by an editioning house or third party.
  • Printmakers are responsible for hanging their own work on Thursday 20 September and taking down their display on the afternoon of Saturday 29 September 2018.
  • Printmakers are expected to label their own work in the format stated by the organisers.
  • Printmakers are expected to commit to two sessions of invigilation, either mornings or afternoons.
  • Printmakers are expected to attend the Private View on Friday 21 September 2018.
  • Printmakers must arrange their own public liability insurance.
  • Prints must be suitably framed (no clip frames) except for unframed work in their own private browsers (which must be mounted).
  • Entries that differ significantly from their digital images may be rejected. The decision of the selection committee is final.
  • All sales will go through the sales desk. The organisers will arrange for the contact details of purchasers to be forwarded to the Printmaker concerned.
  • The organisers reserve the right to reject work which is inappropriate or in poor condition.
  • Any image submitted may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to the exhibition. This may include publication in any printed materials, advertisements, or electronic media. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the Printmaker.
  • Successful candidates will be expected to provide at least one high resolution image for promotional material and website.
  • Exhibition spaces will be allocated by a blind draw.

       Full Terms and Conditions

Important dates

Final Submission Deadline:  31 January 2018

Notification Letter Date: Mid March 2018

Exhibition Dates: Friday 21 September 2018 until Saturday 29 September 2018.  10.30 - 5pm daily

Opening Reception: Friday 21 September from 6-8pm

For 2018 we have  Wuan Gean, Serena Smith, Jane Human, Paul Catherall, Bronwen Sleigh and Louise Stebbing confirmed as keynote speakers.  There will be print demonstrations, and also the opportunity for visitors to take part in a collaborative print project.