Flourish Award - Call out to artists

Deadline: 22/07/2018  |  Published: 29/05/2018  |  City: Mirfield  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  West Yorkshire Print Workshop

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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 is showcases artists from across the UK.

Since 2014 the Flourish Award has been open to printmakers across the UK, and to celebrate our 10th year, the 2018 Award will provide artists and printmakers with the opportunity to exhibit their work in a touring exhibition at the WYPW Gallery in Mirfield, PR1 Gallery at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, and Spike Print Studio in Bristol. 

The winner of the Award goes on to present their own solo print exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery in Autumn 2019. 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.


David Sinclair, Head of Visual Art and Engagement, The Civic, Barnsley

Tracy Hill, Artist, Awagami Prizewinner Flourish Award 2017 and Senior Printmaking Technician at UCLan

Grant Scanlan, Huddersfield Museums Manager


Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking 2019 - Solo exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Autumn 2019, plus 2-week residency/use of facilities at WYPW

The Great Art Award

Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies Award

Intaglio Printmaker Prize

Awagami Paper Award

R K Burt & Co. Prize

WYPW Graduate/Student Award

Artlab Contemporary Print Studios @UCLan Prize


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, FLAWA

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


Contact the curator
When is the deadline?
The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 22nd July 2018.
How many works can I submit?
Up to three works can be submitted for a single submission fee.
When do I hear if I have been shortlisted?
On or soon after 31st July 2018. We will publish a list of shortlisted artists on the WYPW website after selection.
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.
Does the art work need to be framed?
Framed and 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.
If shortlisted, for how long will my work/s be required?
The Flourish Award exhibition will tour to two further venues after its showing at WYPW. Current dates are 15th Sept-27 Oct 2018 at WYPW; 5th - 25th November 2018 at PR1; mid-January to mid-February 2019 at Spike Print Studio. Works will be returned to WYPW after the end of the tour, and will be available to collect or be returned from the end of February 2019.
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.
How do you decide on submissions?
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 do I make payment for my submission?
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
When is the delivery date?
Shortlisted artworks should be delivered from the 4th to the 9th September 2018 to West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield.
Are there payments to artists?
No payments are awarded, only materials prizes (vouchers), a solo exhibition and printmaking courses.
Is there a private view / opening?
To be confirmed to take place at the beginning of the exhibition in mid-September or at the end of the first exhibition at WYPW at the end of October.
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.

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