The International Print Biennale has announced a shortlist of 37 artists for Print Awards 2014, the open submission prize that celebrates current international talent in printmaking. The awards, which form the centre piece of the Biennale taking place across north east England over the summer months, attracted 740 entries from the USA, Canada, Australia and Thailand, as well as the UK and Europe.

Among the shortlisted artists are several a-n+AIR members including Trevor Banthorpe, Emma Hunter, Jane Stobart, and Carolyn Thompson. Art Party instigator and ‘Old Flo’ campaigner Bob and Roberta Smith is also included. Works by all shortlisted artists will be showcased in exhibitions at Hatton Gallery and Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne, 27 June – 8 August 2014.

Prizes include: The Bryan Robertson Trust Award of £6000; Northern Print International Residency Prize; V&A Print Prize; Clifford Chance Purchase Prize; National Glass Centre Residency Prize; and Northern Print Collaborative Prize. Prizewinners will be announced at a special event on 27 June.

Speaking about this year’s selection, International Print Biennale director Anna Wilkinson said: “It’s wonderful to have received so many entries from artists across the globe – there’s such incredibly diversity and it’s great to see that contemporary printmaking is so vibrant, with everything from traditional print processes and new technologies appearing in the final selection. Our selectors had a tricky task…”

The selection panel includes: Stephen Coppel, Modern Prints and Drawings, British Museum; David Nash RA, artist; and Susan Tallman, editor-in-chief, Art in Print, Chicago, USA.

The International Print Biennale programme will feature major exhibitions at Laing Gallery (Newcastle upon Tyne), Queen’s Hall Arts Centre (Hexham) and Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle). Each of the selectors has also nominated one artist each to exhibit work as part of the Biennale – they are Jane KentKeith Coventry and Bedwyr Williams.

Print Award artists in full

Artists are UK-based unless otherwise stated:

Trevor Abbott, Mike Ainsworth, Tony Ameneiro (Australia), Ann Aspinwall (USA), Anda Auzina, (France), Trevor Banthorpe, Jim Berggren (Sweden), Annie Bissett (USA), Xavier Blondeau (France), Jess Bugler, Carolyn Bunt, Victoria Burge (USA), Scott Campbell, Susanna Castleden (Australia), Kraisak Chirachaisakul (Thailand), Pamela Clarkson and Atta Kwami, Esmã Clutterbuck, Eliahu Diner (Israel), Milos Djordjevic (Serbia), Jason File (Netherlands), Richard Forster, Susie Hamilton, Marcelle Hanselaar, Ellen Heck (USA), Daniel Hosego, Emma Hunter, JungHun Kang (South Korea), Anthony Kirk (USA), Alison Lambert, Jacky Longstaff, Gesa Puell (Germany), Ross Racine (Canada), Julie Roch-Cuerrier, Bob & Roberta Smith, Jane Stobart, Ewelina Szydelko (Poland), Carolyn Thompson.

Print Awards 2014, Hatton Gallery and Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne, 27 June – 8 August 2014, as part of International Print Biennale 2014.

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