GLOBAL OCEANS International Print Exchange: Call for Participants

From Julia Wakefield and the Hahndorf Academy, South Australia

Deadline for Delivery: February 28, 2017.

No exceptions will be made for this deadline.

Deadline for Registration of Interest: November 11, 2016 – after that please contact Julia Wakefield to be sent by email to julia.wakefield@gmail.com

Cost for All Australian Participants: $AUD30.00

Cost for All Overseas Participants: $AUD35.00

This cost will cover the postage, cost of exhibiting and any publicity costs incurred.

You are invited to participate in the second Adelaide International Print Exchange, which will be exhibited in the Upstairs Gallery at the Hahndorf Academy, in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, from March 24 to April 23 2017.

In addition, a limited number of South Australian artists will be invited to exhibit their work in this exhibition, on the same theme, in frames (or on plinths in the case of sculpture).

Theme: The 2017 Adelaide Print Exchange aims to once more bring together printmakers from far and wide across the globe, with a new theme: our global oceans both separate and unite our disparate continents and the myriad islands dotted along and between their coastlines. For many thousands of years, humankind has explored this world by navigating its waters; since long before the beginning of recorded history, we have reaped countless harvests of seafood; in the last few millennia, once we were able to construct ships large enough for trade, we have transported cargoes of crops, livestock, slaves, spices, minerals and looted treasure back and forth across the high seas, and inevitably we have also sent warships to invade and conquer other civilizations.

Today our oceans are more important to us than ever before, but also far more vulnerable. We use them in new and ingenious ways: we harvest wave power to drive electricity turbines; we pump gas and oil out of the ocean bed; we mine minerals found in rocks deep under the ocean; we harvest sand and gravel from the ocean for concrete and construction. We still harvest seafood, but now the process is on such a massive and indiscriminate scale that many once abundant marine species are on the verge of extinction. We have always used the ocean as a dumping ground, but the volume of waste and in particular plastic waste is now so critical that it has been said that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. http://www.weforum.org/press/2016/01/more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-ocean-by-2050-report-offers-blueprint-for-change

Moreover, the rapidly changing climate, plainly exacerbated by the pollution from our industries and transport systems, is having frightening effects on our ocean: warming its temperatures, melting the ice at the poles and thus causing potentially catastrophic rises in sea levels.

But we now know more about our oceans than ever before. Scientists conduct research on marine flora and fauna at depths that could never be reached before the invention of submarines and remotely controlled robots. Anyone can learn to dive and explore fascinating worlds deep beneath the surface. Documentaries show us the wonder and fragility of underwater worlds that a century ago were unreachable except by the imagination. We all now have the opportunity to learn about and even personally witness the migration habits of whales, the astonishing shape changing abilities of the octopus, and the astonishing mating display of cuttlefish.

We may not all live near the coast, but when we communicate globally our messages cross the oceans. This print exchange represents that coast to coast communication, and its subject evokes the watery communication highway that embraces every coast.

Paper size: 14.8 x 21cm, that is, A5.

Print size: any size as long as they are printed on paper of A5 dimensions.

Paper: acid free and can be any thickness.

Prints: either entirely handmade (i.e. printed by hand pressure or with a silkscreen or an etching or relief printing press) or partly so, in combination with a digital technique. Traditional print processes can include any form of relief or intaglio print, screenprints and stencils. All prints need to be signed and numbered by the artist, with a title if desired.

Print descriptions: When the prints are sent, a description of the print process, paper and ink used together with a brief statement and CV, totalling no more than an A4 sheet in length, should be sent as a Word document to julia.wakefield@gmail.com

Payment: $AUD30.00 (or $AUD$35.00 for overseas participants) will need to be sent by Paypal to julia.wakefield@gmail.com as soon as the prints are ready to be posted. If payment is not received then no exchange prints will be returned to the participant.

Number of participants: a maximum of 50.

Number of prints to be sent: 12. One print will be exhibited and afterwards archived, one will be for sale, and the other 10 will be sent to other participants in the exchange. Each participant will therefore receive a random selection of ten prints from other participants.

Prints are to be sent: (completely dry, please!) packed in a plastic A5 envelope inside another paper A5 envelope (packages sent from overseas must be marked ‘Printed Paper, No Value’) to

Julia Wakefield

40 Hunter Rd

Christies Beach

SA 5165

Australia

 

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