We are ‘open for business’ for this year’s 20:20 Print Exchange and new print workshops are already coming forward to take part in addition to the workshops returning from previous years, so the exchange is set to grow.
Last year’s 20:20 Print Exchange involved 585 artists from 40 print workshops around the UK and Ireland took part each creating an edition of 25 prints. Yep that’s 14,625 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. It has grown each year and looks set to attract even more artists and yet more new print workshops taking part.
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 2014 the prints have so far toured from West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Gloucestershire Print Co-op, The Art House; Wakefield, The Print Shed; Hereford, and next up Hope House Prints in Leeds and the finally The Bluecoat in Liverpool.
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. Last 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.
It’s always an exciting time of year when you can see the whole range of prints from across the UK and Ireland. Last year 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 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. We have adorned our walls with more 20:20 prints for sale at £10.00 each; all money going to the improvement of Hot Bed Press such as new equipment or new resource materials.