Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair – Submissions Open

This year we will be running a ‘hybrid’ model, returning to our historic site at Royal Arsenal Woolwich, 11 – 14 November 2021 supported by The Online Edition, for a further two weeks until 28 November 2021.

The annual International Open Call for Artists runs from Monday 17 May until Sunday 27 June and welcomes all artists, including students, working with an original print medium. We work with artists to expand and challenge possibilities of print with an innovative platform of site-specific demos and artist led talks. Works from our Open Call make up 50% of the total exhibition, giving exciting emerging talent the chance to exhibit alongside established names such as Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Tracey Emin and David Hockney and specialist galleries.

If successful artists will have the opportunity to exhibit at the fair and be promoted to WCPF audiences, as well as participate in further print drops throughout 2022.

Each & every applicant will receive 2 free tickets to the Fair and gain access to a new series of ‘Art & Business’ seminars led by industry professionals on subjects including, self-promotion, writing a successful artist statement and presenting work.

Artists are hand-picked by a panel of industry experts and, to ensure total fairness, each application is considered on a piece-by-piece basis to allow the work to speak for itself. We are delighted to welcome the following fine art specialists to review works for 2021:

–       Mollie Barnes, Curator and Founder of She_Curates

–       Jack Bullen, Director of WCPF

–       Gus Casely-Hayford OBE, Founding Director of V&A East

–       Stephen Chambers RA, Artist

–       Aindrea Emelife, Art Historian, Writer, Curator and Presenter,

–       Lizzie Glendinning, Director of Brocket Gallery and Lead Curator of WCPF

–       Dario Illari, Director of Jealous Gallery

–       Ben Luke, Writer, Editor, Broadcaster and Art Critic at The Evening Standard

–       Carolin von Massenbach, Director of Prints and Multiples at Bonhams

–       Marine Tanguy, Director of MTArt Agency.

The open call process operates a flexible pricing structure with a maximum of six submissions per application. It is set at £25, and £5 per additional entry thereafter, which covers marketing, administration and curation costs. Further information can be found on the application portal here.