In today’s world, producing an art print by means of digital imaging media is very easy and convenient, while making a printing plate in a traditional technique is rather difficult and time-consuming. It is astonishing though that some artists avoid the easiness of digital image manipulation and accessible printing and prefer the laborious process of dealing with poisonous acids, hazardous solvents, messy and sticky oil based printing inks. Perhaps the essence and the beauty of the art of printmaking are hidden in those long lasting and troublesome processes!
Foundation KulturDialog Armenien will organize the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019”, in Yerevan, Armenia, in September 2019.
The aim of the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019” is to follow and to identify modern trends and tendencies in contemporary traditional printmaking, as well as to observe the exchange and fusion of rear “old fashion” techniques and current ideas. The Biennale will serve as a platform for regional and international artists working in the field of printmaking and it will definitely raise the interest of professionals and art students, as well as of the art-loving audience at large for this kind of graphic art on a national and international level.
Any professional artist or art student in his/her two final years of education using a traditional printmaking technique (engraving, etching, dry point, aquatint, mezzotint, soft ground, woodcut, linocut, lithography, offset lithography, silkscreen, calligraphy, monotype, digital print, etc.) is eligible to enter the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019”.
The aims of the “First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017” are:
The International Board of Juries composed of outstanding professionals from Armenia, Germany, Poland and Switzerland will select the artworks which meet the requirements of the contest.
Artists who wish to apply may fill in the online application form and attach digital versions of their prints on the official website (www.yerevanprints.org) of the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019” by December 15th, 2018.
Digital versions of prints
In order to enter the contest, each applicant may submit up to 3 large-scale prints (minimum paper size – 40x50cm, maximum paper size – 70x100cm) or up to 5 small and medium-size prints (minimum paper size - 10x10cm, maximum paper size – 30x40cm) created and printed recently, i.e. in the period of 2015-2018.
THE ORGANIZER WOULD BE GRATEFUL, IF YOU AGREED TO KINDLY DONATE YOUR PRINTS TO THE COLLECTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRINT BIENNALE YEREVAN. TO CONFIRM YOUR AGREEMENT TO DONATE YOUR PRINTS, PLEASE, FILL IN THE CORRESPONDING FIELD IN THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.
All applicants will be notified of the final decision of the jury via email by March 1st, 2019. The list of the artists selected to participate in the exhibition will be published on the website of the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019”.
Submitting the application form to the contest implies that the organizer of the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019” has the right to exhibit, reproduce and publish the artworks sent in by the participants without any obligation of prior notice to the artist.
All selected participants should send their prints without frame and passe-partout by June 1st, 2019. A sticker with the artist's name, country, title of the work, etc. should be glued (with the glue stick or double-sided adhesive tape) on the back side of each print. All labels can be downloaded from the website of the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019” (www.yerevanprintbiennale.com).
Please note that prints received after June 1st, 2019 will not be considered.
The following notifications should be stated on the envelopes containing the prints: “PRINTED MATTERS”, “NO COMMERCIAL VALUE”. All labels can be downloaded from the website of the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019”.
The selected artists are responsible for all postal expenses, while the return charges will be covered by the organizer of the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019”.
The organizer is not responsible for damages which may occur during the transportation of the prints. By sending the works, the applicant artists are considered to have agreed to the conditions of the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019”. The organizer will return the artworks in their original package within 6 (six) months after the contest.
Four outstanding artists will be selected by the International Board of Juries for the following awards: “Grand Prix Medal”, “First Prize Medal”, “Second Prize Medal” and “Third Prize Medal” during the awards’ ceremony on September 28th, 2019.
All main prize holders (Grand Prix Medal, First Prize Medal, Second Prize Medal, and Third Prize Medal) will have the opportunity to hold solo exhibitions within the context of the upcoming “International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019”.
Additionally, the “Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019” will attribute several special ‘Honorable Mention Diplomas’ to selected distinguished artists.
If the winner is absent during the awards’ ceremony, the prize will be sent to him/her by post with his/her works.
THE WINNING PRINTS (GRAND PRIX MEDAL, FIRST PRIZE MEDAL, SECOND PRIZE MEDAL, THIRD PRIZE MEDAL AND HONORABLE MENTION DIPLOMAS) PRESENTED AT THE CONTEST BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE ORGANIZER AND WILL BECOME PART OF THE COLLECTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRINT BIENNALE YEREVAN.
“Second International Print Biennale Yerevan 2019” e-catalogue will be published after the end of the Biennale
NOTE: The organizer reserves the right to make any necessary changes in the conditions and deadlines of the contest and will announce them on the official website of the “First International Print Biennale Yerevan 2017”.
|1.||Application period||15.09.2018 – 15.12.2018|
|2.||Decision of the jury||01.03.2019|
|3.||Submitting original artworks||by 01.06.2019|
|4.||Opening Ceremony of the “Second International Print Biennale, Yerevan 2019”||25.09.2019|
|5.||Exhibition||25.09. – 25.11.2019|
|7.||Closing ceremony and presentation of the “Second International Print Biennale, Yerevan 2019” catalogue||25.11.2019|
|8.||Artworks will be returned to the artists||by 01.06.2020|