Hot Bed Press
Hot Bed Press Printmakers' Studio | The Casket Works, Cow Lane, Salford. M5 4NB | Tel: 0161 743 3111 | Email: info@hotbedpress.org

 

20-20 sort
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 liked the format so much we quickly decided to roll this out to more print workshops. It has grown each year and we now award prizes for best workshop and best overall print!

This year’s 2020 Print Exchange will be launching shortly in June. If you would like your print workshop to get involved, email us at 2020printexchange@gmail.com and we will get you on the sign up list!

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 2017 the tour started at Hot Bed Press and went on to Neo: Gallery in Bolton, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, The Art House, Wakefield and Hong Kong Baptist University.

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.

Last year saw 541 artists from 40 print workshops take part and are very pleased to have a number of international print workshops now regularly joining in from Hong Kong, Australia and Canada.

For more details and updates visit the 20:20 Print Exchange website. Click here.