Open call

Print in Action : Call for Artists, Exhibition Submissions

Exhi­bi­tion Sub­mis­sions now open for Print in Action Fes­ti­val 2022

Hands On is an open submission exhibition at Ocean Studios, a busy vibrant hub for Plymouths artists and makers. The Exhibition will run from the 21st-23rd October 2022 during Print in Action Festival and will showcase handmade original prints from South West printmakers.

It will be an exploration of different print processes, Lino-cut to letterpress, Screenprint to collograph, contemporary to traditional techniques.

We invite print artists at any stage of their creative journey to submit, artwork could be made on the kitchen table, in isolation, in the studio or even outside with friends.

Submission Fees
Real Ideas Member: £25
Non-member: £30

Submission Criteria
- Artists can submit 3 pieces per submission, if selected there will be one piece of artwork on display per artist.
- Exhibition space is limited, submissions to exhibit will be selected by a panel including Print in Action collaborators, Arts University Plymouth, The Printery, Double Elephant and Real Ideas.
- Submissions must be no bigger than A3.
- Artwork can be for sale, Real Ideas will not be taking commission on any works.
- We recommend using A-N Artist insurance which can cover liability for your stall and products >
- Selected Artwork must be delivered to Ocean Studios on the 15th, 16th, 17th October, between 10am -4pm.
- All artwork must be framed and ready for hanging.
- Artwork must be original and demonstrate a handmade, hands on approach to printmaking, we will not accept any prints which are copies of an original eg. giclee.
- All artwork must be collected on 1st November, between 10am - 4pm. We reserve the right to dispose of any unclaimed artworks beyond this period.
- You must be a printmaker situated within the South West region.
- We do not accept refunds for submissions

Why do we charge a submission fee?
Real Ideas is a social enterprise and any submission fees directly support the running of the festival.
We have made the decision to charge a standard submission fee as outlined above to allow us to remove any commission charges on artwork sold during the festival, this means any profit on artwork sold goes directly back to the artist.

Submissions Fees also allow us to be able to run other elements of the Festival including administration, curation and supporting experiences and activity over the weekend.
Whilst Submission Fees as well as ticket sales for the event do provide some financial support for the festival, we do not solely rely on this to deliver a successful event.
Print in Action is partly funded by Arts Council England, this funding is received by Real Ideas to support the day to day running of Ocean Studios and the events run within the space including but not limited to Print in Action.

The deadline for all exhibition submissions - is 18th September 2022, if you have any questions or would like an informal discussion please contact:

We aim to be as inclusive as possible in our work but recognise we’re on a journey. We also recognise the creative sector is biased towards those who are white, cisgender and non-disabled. Our programme will be stronger with greater diversity and we welcome applications from those who bring difference.

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