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. It has grown each year. Over 50,000 prints have been created and exchanged in the past 6 years.
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’.
One print from every participant is kept by Hot Bed Press to exhibit/tour nationally. In 2015 the tour started at Hot Bed Press and went on to Neo: Gallery in Bolton, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, The Art House, Wakefield, and Belfast Print Workshop.
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.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.
It’s always an exciting time of year when you can see the whole range of prints from across the UK and Ireland.
This year we already have 42 workshops taking part and are very pleased to have Islensk Grafik from Iceland as a guest international print studio.