Flourish Award - Call out to artists

Deadline: 20/03/2020  |  Published: 01/02/2020  |  City: Mirfield  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Fabian Osborne

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The Flourish Award was established in 2009 by West Yorkshire Print Workshop to showcase excellence in printmaking from across Yorkshire. Now it showcases artists from across the UK.

*We've had feedback from many of you asking for a bit more time to get your submissions in, so we have decided to extend the entry deadline for the Flourish Award 2020 to Friday 20th March.*

The 2020 Award will provide artists and printmakers with the opportunity to exhibit their work in an exhibition at the WYPW Gallery in Mirfield, followed by Woodend gallery in Scarborough.

The winner of the Award goes on to present their own solo print exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2021. They will also benefit from a two-week residency at WYPW.  In addition there are runners-up prizes, including our student/recent graduate award.

The Flourish Award celebrates and showcases excellence in printmaking from artists based in the UK by shortlisting around 12-15 artists from open submission. We are looking for creativity, skill, originality and innovation in print: from relief print and intaglio, to screenprint, lithography and more. 

The competition is open to established, emerging and student artists/printmakers, with prizes awarded by an independent panel of judges. For a single submission fee of £15.00 (£10.00 students and WYPW members), artists can submit up to 3 works for consideration and be part of an increasingly recognised Award and exhibition, which provides a significant opportunity for development for the overall winner as well as exposure for all shortlisted artists.


Stephen Snoddy, Artist and Director of New Art Gallery, Walsall

Bronwen Sleigh, Artist and printmaker

Grant Scanlan, Huddersfield Museums Manager


Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking 2020 - Solo exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, 2021, plus 2-week residency/use of facilities at WYPW.

Recent graduate/student Award - 1 free course and 1 year membership at WYPW

+ plus other prizes to be confirmed


There is a submission fee of £15.00 (£10.00 students and WYPW members), and artists can submit up to 3 works.

Please make your one-off payment of £15.00 (or £10.00 WYPW member and Student/Recent Graduate) via BACS:

Account Name: West Yorkshire Print Workshop

Sort Code: 20-26-08

Account No: 03803309

Please include a reference code when making payment with 'FLAW' followed by your initials so we know who has made payment. For example, 'FLAWAB'

Find out more about West Yorkshire Print Workshop: www.wypw.org


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artist/printmakers based in the UK
When is the deadline?
The deadline for submissions is midnight on Friday 20th March 2020
How many works can I submit?
Up to three works can be submitted for a single submission fee.
What are the selection criteria?
We are looking for hand-made prints made using one or more 'traditional' techniques such as etching, screen print, lino cut, etc. Digital works (including giclée prints) are not accepted unless used in combination with traditional hand-made methods. Works can be on paper or any other support, including 3D works.
All works submitted for the Flourish Award will be viewed by a selection panel. Each year there is a different panel made from printmakers, curators and arts professionals. The first round of judging takes places online. Works will be judged on creativity, originality, use of materials, technical ability and overall impact. It is the selection panel's role to choose a shortlist and the eventual winner of the Flourish Award. The panel's decision is final.
How much does it cost and how do I pay?
Please make your one-off payment of £15.00 (or £10.00 WYPW member and Student/Recent Graduate) via BACS:
Account Name: West Yorkshire Print Workshop
Sort Code: 20-26-08
Account No: 03803309
Please include a reference code when making payment with FLAW followed by your initials so we know who has made payment. For example, FLAWAB
Are there payments to artists?
No payments are awarded, only materials prizes (vouchers), a solo exhibition and printmaking courses.
Does the art work need to be framed?
It is better that work is framed as this protects works on paper in particular. However, unframed work will be accepted. All framed works should be mirror plated. Unframed works will be displayed using a magnet system. Any alternative display requirements must be supplied by the artist after shortlisting. All artists must ensure that each work is properly packaged when posted or delivered with labelling on the outside.
When is the delivery date?
Delivery date of selected artists' work will be 14th-18th April
Are the art works for sale?
Shortlisted art works can be offered for sale during the exhibition. Commission on sales is 30%. Please indicate the retail (selling) price of your work, or NFS if not for sale.
When do I hear if I have been shortlisted?
On or soon after 4th April 2020. We will publish a list of shortlisted artists on the WYPW website after selection.
Does my submission need to be my own work?
Each artist by entering a work confirms that they hold all intellectual property rights in the work. By signing the Entry Form artists agree to allow images of their work to be reproduced in press and other media and used for marketing the exhibition. All works shall be credited to the artist.
Is there a private view / opening?
To be confirmed to take place at the end of the exhibition in early June at WYPW.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
Monday to Friday - 10.30 am to 6pm
Saturday - 10.30 to 3pm
Sunday - Closed
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes, our workshop has disabled access and accessible toilets.
When do I need to collect my work?
After the end of the exhibition tour. Exact dates tbc.

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