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The 20:20 Grand Sort

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We are really pleased to say that 20:20 Print Exchange expanded once again in 2013 by 50% on the previous year. 585 artists from 40 print workshops around the UK and Ireland took part each creating an edition of 25 prints.


A very brief history

20:20 Print Exchange started in 2009 as a project between Hot Bed Press in Salford and Red Hot Press in Southampton, (we decided against calling it The Heat Exchange). We liked the format so much we quickly decided to roll this out to more print workshops. In 2010 there were 120 artists from 10 print workshops involved and in 2011 there were 257 artists,a nd last year there were 392 artists.


Some details

Every artist is asked to produce a new edition of 25 prints on paper size 20cm x 20cm, (paper size). Each artist pays £10.00.

In return each artist receives a box set of 20 randomly selected prints, (including their own print and 19 others).

Prints could be any print medium and numbered 1 to 25 of 25 prints.

Each workshop also receives one set of randomly selected prints and one ‘twinned’ set whereby workshops are randomly matched to another print workshop, each receiving a set of 10 of their own members’ prints and one set of your ‘twinning partner workshop’.

In the first 2 weeks of November a team of Hot Bed Press members set about randomly sorting all the prints and boxed them all up in specially commissioned boxes screenprinted with 20:20 details on them at Hot Bed Press and sets of boxes are sent to each workshop.

With all packages safely received at each workshop 40 workshops are now planning the launch of their 20:20. This is aimed at coinciding with most workshops’ open studios events or Christmas print fairs.

One print from every participant is kept by Hot Bed Press to exhibit/tour nationally. In 2014 the prints will be touring the UK around print workshops and galleries; more to be announced soon.The exchange is available for any print workshop or venue interested and is free of charge.



With the exchange getting bigger and bigger each year the grand sort has become quite a mammoth task. We call on a team of people to help randomly sort all prints into bespoke hand screenprinted boxes. This year the printing of the boxes, checking in, sorting and packaging, scanning of prints for our Flickr site and all other bits and pieces took a team of people 3 weeks solid work. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO LENT A HELPING HAND!

It’s always an exciting time of year when you can see the whole range of prints from across the UK and Ireland. The grand sort covered the whole of one side of the workshop for days on end.

We launched the exchange here on 29th November 2013 when 50 artists from Hot Bed Press were given their boxes of prints. We also have a print swap day when every artist can swap their least favourite prints for their favourites from other people’s boxes. (It’s all a matter of taste.)

We also sold off a few of the random prints and a selection of prints from last year’s exchange.


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