PRINTMeKING 2019 Art Prize is an opportunity for artists, printmakers, designers and illustrators in the contemporary art world whose practice and research involves, but is not necessarily limited to, the medium of printmaking.
We wish to award an individual with the possibility to travel to Italy, where they can experience a new culture, access the necessary facilities to express their ideas, engage in meaningful conversations, and gain visibility amidst new audiences. PRINTMeKING is aimed to those who are self-sufficient in one or more of the following traditional printmaking techniques: etching, photopolymer etching, silk-screen, woodcut, and lithography.
The prize will be awarded to a single winner. Ten other finalists will be selected for a group show.
Basic print-shop materials and tools such as cleaning agents, solvents, rags, spatulas, squeegees, rollers etc. are included. Etching inks are also included. Metal plates, wood blocks, are not included. We are currently working to find technical partners willing to provide high-quality printmaking paper. Gate44 provides litho stones and plates and silk-screens for a modest deposit, refundable if undamaged at the end of the residency.
Applicants are expected to work independently after they have received an introduction to the facility, equipment and tools. They can receive help and guidance from volunteers from Milan’s art school who will be able to assist at the best of their ability. If they wish to be assisted or taught a new technique by the printmaker they can request this service for an additional cost. Edition printing by a master printmaker is also available at an additional cost.
At gate44 we try to be as green as possible without compromising quality. We use water based inks for silk-screen, try to work with zinc and copper sulphate rather than copper and ferric chloride and use photopolymers as much as possible. General cleaning is done with VCA (vegetable cleaning agents) and water based products rather than solvents.