Printmaking Prize 2021

printmaking prize finalist

Congratulations to the 2021 Printmaking Prize Winners and Finalists

We warmly thank our Judge, Rebecca Beardmore, for her expertise and insightful consideration of the entries and our sponsors Woollahra Council and Derivan.

We share Rebecca Beardmore’s comments regarding her choice of winners below:

Digital Printmaking Winners

“The Excess Figure of Oppressive States of Mind is suggestive of a pictorial tableau style painting or photograph (formally well resolved in its use of colour and composition) but the scene is strangely populated and whimsical and the additional framing bounds it like a miniature theatrical set. I found this image really captivating.”

“Sorry Boy was more akin to drawing but when zoomed in, you could see evidence of the digital markmaking tools. I love the sensitivity of this one. The muted colours punctuated by the bruisy rich tones in the hand and face. The layering and composition of this study was really quite sophisticated.”

Traditional Printmaking Winners:

The Onion Farmers House is whimsical, otherworldly. The detail in the linework and the textural surfaces is exquisite, from starry skies to mountainous rocks that look like Banksia seed pods. I loved the way this artist plays with scale, the miniature to the gigantic. Beautifully rendered.”

“The Complexity That Is Unity is a screenprint that looks simple but is really quite complex in its layering of colour. The colour palette is bright but balanced with some darker muted tones. The composition is dynamic and the shapes really push and pull with the flatness of the medium. I felt this work really stood out.”


The aim of the Prize was to showcase and celebrate the wonderful world of printmaking!  Entries were encouraged from emerging and established artists working with traditional and digital techniques to demonstrate the breadth of print media.

Since the inaugural launch of the Prize in June, we have been amazed by the enthusiasm within the printmaking community as well as the extraordinary level of creativity and technical skill. We thank everyone for entering the Prize in 2021 and encourage you all to continue making and developing your work in the future.

  • Traditional Print Prize: $1,000
  • Digital Print Prize: $1,000
  • Highly Commended – Digital Award:  Printmaking Materials from Derivan
  • Highly Commended – Traditional Award:  Printmaking Materials from Derivan
  • People’s Choice Award -Printmaking Materials from Derivan



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Jane Alexander / Zoe Anika / Emiko Artemis / Carol Constancon / Jenny Evans / Linda Galbraith / Maximilian Gosling / Caitlin Graham / Andrew Holmes / Lisa Ellen Hughes / Damon Kowarsky / Wendy Lessick Bookatz / Aylsa McHugh / Kelly Pasmalidis / Hazel Roberts / Marta Romer / Darcy Shilton / Maggie Stein / Cleo Wilkinson / P J Wright