Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking 2021-22 - Call out to Artists

Deadline: 26/11/2021  |  Published: 23/09/2021  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Fabian Osborne

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Selected from open submission, the 12th Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking will bring together a diverse range of printmaking by selected artists from across the UK, presented in venues in the north of England in 2022 by West Yorkshire Print Workshop.

The Flourish Award celebrates excellence in printmaking through a curated exhibition of around 12-15 artists shortlisted from open submission. We are looking for creativity, skill, originality and innovation in traditional handmade print: from relief print and intaglio to screenprint, lithography and more.

The winner of the Award goes on to present their own solo print exhibition in Huddersfield. They will also benefit from a 2-week period of access to the facilities at WYPW.  In addition, there are runners-up prizes, including our student/recent graduate award.

The competition is open to established, emerging, and student artist/printmakers, with shortlisting and prizes awarded by an independent panel of judges. With the support of the Golsoncott Foundation this year, we have been able to reduce the submission fee to £5. Artists can submit up to 3 works for consideration, and have the chance to be part of an increasingly recognised Award and national exhibiton, which provides a significant development opportunity for the winner as well as exposure for all short listed artists.

The winner of last year's Flourish Award was Lucy May Schofield. The Great Art Award went to Louisa Boyd, and the WYPW student/recent graduate prize was shared by Flora MacLachlan and Lucie McGregor.Flora also won the Hawthorn Printmakers Supplies 'People's Choice' award voted for by visitors to the exhibition.

Deadline for submissions

26th November 2021


Mohammad Barrangi, Artist, Illustrator and Printmaker

Yasmin Canvin, Freelance Curator

Grant Scanlan, Huddersfield Museums Manager


The winner of the Award goes on to present a solo show in Huddersfield. They will also benefit from a two-week 'residency' at WYPW.

The Student/Recent Graduate Award enables an artist to access a course of their choice at WYPW.

More prizes will be announced.


The exhibition will open at The World of Glass, St Helens on 22nd January until 18th March 2022, followed by WYPW gallery, Huddersfield in April-May and Northern Print in June-July. 


There is one submission fee of £5 and artists can submit up to 3 works.

Please make your payment via BACS:

West Yorkshire Print Workshop



Please include a reference code when making payment with 'FLAW' followed by your initials. E.g. 'FLAWAB'

Find out more about Flourish and West Yorkshire Print Workshop at www.wypw.org


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Artists/printmakers based in the UK
When is the deadline?
Deadline for submissions is midnight on Friday 26th November 2021
How many works can I submit?
Up to 3 works for the single submission fee
When is the delivery date?
15th - 17th January 2022

Delivery of artwork and collection (at the end of the tour) is the responsibility of artists.
We make every attempt to look after each artist’s work whilst in our possession, and it is insured while with us.
When do I need to collect my work?
After the end of the Flourish exhibition tour. Dates to be confirmed.
How much does it cost and how do I pay?
Please make your one-off payment of £5.00 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
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.
Does artwork 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.
Are the artworks for sale in the exhibition?
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 18th December 2021. 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.

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