Castlemaine Art Museum has recently announced the second Experimental Print Prize. Established in 2019, the biennial, non-acquisitive prize is open to artists resident in Victoria. Through the generous support of an anonymous local donor, three prizes are offered: $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 for an emerging artist.

There is a strong tradition of printmaking in Victoria and the EPP seeks to foster new directions in the field through both the exhibition of shortlisted artists and awarding of prizes. Unique amongst printmaking prizes, EPP recognises that experimentation and risk are essential to art.

Entries are invited from artists using innovative approaches to traditional printmaking processes such as intaglio, relief, planographic, digital processes and photography (if included within the printmaking process). Experimentation may include challenging and redefining concepts of printmaking; crossing traditional boundaries between media; pushing the limits of medium and process; engaging with new tools, techniques and materials; artists’ books and three dimensional work will be accepted. Established through to early career artists are encouraged to apply.

Catherine Pilgrim, a celebrated local artist and educator working with lithography and drawing; Trent Walters of Negative Press, publisher of limited edition prints and artists’ books by contemporary Australian artists; Naomi Cass, CAM Director, as non-voting Chair.

The official exhibition opening of the shortlisted artists and announcement of winners will be held on 13 November, 2021. An exhibition of shortlisted works will be held at Castlemaine Art Museum, 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine, Victoria, from 13 November – 28 February 2022.
Selected artists will be asked to provide a short biography and artist statement.

Entry fee $35.00

Visit for eligibility requirements and the entry form.
Upload a high-quality digital image
Submit payment of AUD $35.00 (incl. GST) per work (one print only)
Once processed, acknowledgement of entry and receipt of payment will be emailed to entrants.

Entries Open: 28 May 2021
Entries close: 12 September 2021
Shortlisting: September
Notification by email of selection: 10 October 2021
Selected entries to be delivered to the Castlemaine Art Museum between: 21-24 October 2021, between 12.00pm and 5.00pm
Exhibition dates: 13 November 2021 – 28 February 2022
Official opening and announcement of prizes: 13 November 2021
Collection of works: 4-7 March 2022