Over 800 entries were received worldwide from more that 250 artists working across the whole range of print media. The quality of the diverse and vibrant entries really impressed the judges:
Gordon Cheung (contemporary painter and printmaker), “Many thanks to the Neo:Printprize team for creating and founding an arts community in Bolton and bringing together artists from around the world. Inspiring stuff!” David Cleaton-Roberts (Co-Director at Alan Cristea Gallery, London), “…very impressed by a lot of the entries. It was a tough choice.” Professor Paul Coldwell (artist and Head of Print at Chelsea School of Art, London), says “I feel that this year’s neo:printprize offers an insight into the range of practice that is now embraced within printmaking and an opportunity to view work not necessarily shown in more conventional print exhibitions.” and Eileen Cooper RA (painter, printmaker and Keeper of the Royal Academy). All who very generously donated their time and professional expertise to make the competition possible.
The neo:printprize is part of a series of high profile international opens facilitated by Bolton based neo:studios, a not-for-profit artist led organisation founded in 2007. The success of previous prizes together with the introduction of a 12 week residency offered to new graduates ensures that the quality of submissions continues to rise.
neo:printprize is an international open exhibition inviting work from artists 18 and over. The prize aims to raise awareness of new trends and directions in contemporary printmaking, to provide a platform for artists, showcase excellence and innovation from contemporary printmakers and bring to Bolton the best contemporary art from around the world.
The independent jury, who also award the main prizes, select works anonymously from an open submission.
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