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The call out for this year’s 20:20 Print Exchange has gone out to workshops and university print departments. We welcome groups of 10, 20 or 30 printmakers, (we also allow small groups of 5 for smaller workshops who we match up with another group of 5 to make the maths work). The key date to note is 1st November. That’s the date for all prints to be in from the workshops, after they have checked them all and filled in the forms for information that goes with the prints and on the website.


If you are a member of a workshop, a printmakers group or collective or are studying printmaking at university why not ask whoever is in charge if a group of 10 of you can take part and get them to get in touch to register interest with us. It’s quick and easy to register with us; you just need to e-mail 


About the exchange and a bit of history

The 20:20 Print Exchange has been going since 2009. Originally an exchange between 10 artists from Hot Bed Press and 10 artists from Red Hot Press in Southampton it was such a simple idea that worked well that it expanded and expanded year on year. To date over 133,000 prints have been created just for the exchange

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 and internationally.

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, and all other bits and pieces took a team of people 3-4 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.

We now award prizes for best workshop and best overall print. Last year the best print workshop went to Moscow Print Workshop and the best individual print as voted for by our teams of sorters went to Andrew Seasby of Gloucestershire Print Co-operative.

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