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5th ‘On Paper’ International Printmaking Award

The fifth ‘On Paper’ international printmaking competition is now open for entries

Printmakers can submit one piece of work on a paper size of 300mm x 400mm. The international jury will select 10-15 shortlisted artists and the winners.

The contest is open to anyone.

Each artist can submit one piece of work on a paper size of 300mm x 400mm (30cm x 40cm) or the equivalent 11x17in. The print size can be any within the size of the paper. The work must have been made using any traditional printmaking techniques, including screenprinting, lithography, etching, collagraph, monotipe, electro-etching, woodcut, photopolymer, etc. We also encourage artists to use non-toxic techniques. Digital prints (prints made with a printer) are not accepted. However, digital processes can be used to elaborate prints that are traditionally printed.

The work must be relatively new, completed in the last couple of years, not before, and not have received a prize before.

The shortlisted artists will have their work shown at the Sala aLfaRa, Oviedo (Asturias, Spain) in July 2019. An international jury will vote to select the shortlisted artists; the winner will be the artist with the most votes. There will be one award of 1000€ for the winning artist.

The print with the most creative printing process will be awarded this year for the first time. ON PAPER encourages artists to develop their creativity and uniqueness through the process of printing. Artists may submit unique prints, poupe color prints, monotip processes, chine collé, multiplate prints… in general experimental prints that are unlikely to be part of an edition. There will be a second prize of 300€ for the artist whose print has the most votes in this matter.

Submission to the contest has a fee of 26€, (13€ early bird discount: 1 February 2019) payable via Paypal. All artists who submit work to the contest will be shown on our website,, in the ‘PARTICIPANTS’ section for a minimum of one year. Moreover, the shortlisted artists will be shown on in the ‘SHORTLISTED 2019’ section and will also be shared on ON PAPER’s social media.

Deadline for submission is 1 April 2019. The application process is entirely online at

The documents required are:
• Resume or CV (maximum 100 words)
• Information about the print (maximum 100 words)
• Image of the work (JPG max. 1MB)

The artists shortlisted for the prize and the exhibition will be notified by email before 1 May 2019. The winner will be announced during the opening night of the show on the 4 July in Sala aLfaRa, Oviedo (Asturias, Spain).

For further information, please contact (Nuria Melero), or visit

Deadline is Monday 1 April 2019 at 11:55am

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