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

Some definitions and FAQs

Are digital prints accepted?

  • We prefer hand-made prints as opposed to computer prints in many ways but digital media is acceptable. Some artists/printmakers work within digital media and produce work through computer aided design. We simply ask that work is not a reproduction or a’giclee print’ of an existing image. The work should be specifically produced for the 20:20 print exchange and should be strictly limited to 25 prints.

Is it paper size or print size?

  • The 20cm x 20cm refers to the paper size. Prints can be ‘full bleed’ i.e. printed off the edge, or be within the paper with a border. They can be printed on both sides of the paper even.
  • Some artists have asked whether the image can be on  paper folded down to 20cm x 20cm, and others have asked whether it can be on material. The edition should be able to fit within the specially designed box with 19 other prints and paper usually range from 90gsm to 320gsm. Any print that either does not fit  box dimensions or is too heavy/thick for the box may not be acceptable.

Are monoprints acceptable?

  • Monoprints are accepted. It breaks the rules and guidelines of an edition in some respects, but rules are there for breaking! All we ask is that the edition is 25 monoprints of a similar nature/subject and can be viewed as the same image, (or series?). It is not to be 25 random images or cut down prints.
  • Varied edition prints are acceptable and are in many ways inevitable. [By definition a monoprint is a one-of version of a print method such as an etching or screenprint. A monotype is a one-off painterly or drawn print.]
  • Prints can be mixed-media; i.e. screen on gum arabic print, etching and letterpress, or even mezzotint with hand coloured tints.


Can there be more than 25 produced?

  • The edition should be produced purely for the 20:20 and therefore we ask that the edition is limited to 25. Each artist will be asked to sign and number each print 1 to 25 out of 25.
  • However you may wish to produce more, or by the very nature of the print need to set out to produce more to allow for mis-prints, such as with in multi-coloured screnprints or lithographs. You may have as many artist proofs as you wish. All we ask is that you number the edition for 20:20 1 to 25 out of 25, no matter how many you produce.
  • You may also like the plate so much you want to produce more. In this case it is standard practice to change one or more elements of the plate or screen, or change the colours and title the edition in a different series; e.g. landscape#2, or landscape in blue. An etching maybe further etched or a screen added to.
  • It is important in the distribution of all the prints that the edition is numbered according to these guidelines of 1 to 25 out of 25.

    When will we receive the prints?

    • Once all prints are in directly in sets from each workshop we will start the huge job of sorting. (Any delay from any workshop will delay the whole process.)We aim to get the prints sorted, randomly selected and into individual boxed sets in the fortnight following 1st November. They will then be couriered to each workshop for distribution to all members taking part.
    • Some workshops will show their prints and give out their portfolios on a special day, such as their annual open studios/Christmas open event.
    • This year Hot Bed Press is aiming to launch the 20:20 around 23rd & 24th November and we invite all workshops to launch on or shortly after then if possible making this a huge coordinated launch. We intend that the flickr site with one image from every edition be also launched on 23rd November.


    Can individuals take part?

    • This exchange is unique compared with others around the world, [as far as we know], in that it is only open to members of print workshops. If you are an individual printmaking then you should join a print workshop.


    Are the prints for sale?

    • Each workshop can do what they want with their own prints as each workshop also receives a box set of 20 random prints and a ‘twinned set’ matching ten artists from one workshop with ten from another in a portfolio of 20 prints.
    • Some workshops have auctioned their portfolios and others have sold prints off individually. Here at Hot Bed Press we sold a small selection of boxed individual prints at £10.00 each. Other workshops have sold on e-bay, etsy and had charity events. All this helps raise more money for print workshops.