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‘Chroma’ print exchange – exhibiting November 2 – 30, 2016
Submissions accepted via email until (send CV or website url): 20 June, 2016

After the success and great interest with the ‘Lettered’ print exchange, we’re keen to keep pushing the general concept of the print exchange so that the artist’s collaborative works not only suit a theme but form a secondary concept.

The ‘Chroma’ print exchange will be exhibited at QG&W (as was Lettered).

In QG&W’s first six months, we have begun realising our ambition to educate visitors with stimulating exhibitions. People enjoy learning about techniques and the stories that lie within the artist’s work – and we enjoy informing them.

Colour is ever present in our lives (as is the alphabet!) so we feel colour theory could do with a little more respect and some of your individual representation.

‘Chroma’ print exchange


Each selected artist will be given and assigned one single colour from the Charbonnel intaglio ink colour range. A total of 36 colours will be represented by 36 artists.

Artists can obviously translate their colour from a Charbonnel intaglio ink to one that suits their print medium (lino, screenprint etc) but the colour must be as close as possible to their assigned one. The full edition required is 39 prints of which three will be for sale – one print to be framed for exhibition and sale, one unframed print for sale and one print to form a full portfolio (to be owned by the gallery). The framed work will be returned to the artist if unsold. The remaining 36 prints will form the sets that go to each participating artist.

Further information

  • Allocation begins with yellow and applied in the order in which artists submit (eg if you submit 6th but are the first of the 36 selected artists you will be assigned ‘Charbonnel Primrose Yellow’)
  • Artist’s work must predominately use the colour allocated to them (80/20)*
  • No swapping of allocated colours with other participating artists
  • The full 39 editioned prints cannot have a variance of more than 10% and no more than 4 artist’s proofs should exist (please refer to What is an edition? Prints and Printmaking – a very short intro to terms and protocols)
  • Medium: Any form of printmaking (no digital or photography unless used as part of the traditional printmaking process)
  • Size of paper: 18 x 18cm (image/plate area can be smaller)
  • Exhibition: The complete 36 prints representative of each colour will form an exhibition at QG&W during November with other related works and coincide with colour themed workshops
  • Price of work: To be set by the artist (note QG&W retains 40% commission of the unframed work total sale price and 40% commission of the framed work after framing costs
  • QG&W retains ownership of one full portfolio.
  • Inks available for collection from Neil Wallace (QG&W will post to non-Melbourne based participants)

Costs will cover

Your paint (based on one 60ml tube of intaglio ink with any additional ink required to be purchased at artist’s own expense), exhibition costs (hanging, organisation, promotion, advertising, administration etc), framing of one edition, management, archival box for each artist’s editioned set, photography of each print and packaging for each artist. Unsold framed works to be provided to artists together with their complete archival box set.

Charbonnel Colours

Primrose Yellow, Yellow Lake, Deep Yellow, Indian Yellow, Apricot Yellow, Nasturtium Yellow, Vermillion Red, Carmine Red, Ruby Red, Geranium Red, Madder Lake, Solferno Violet, Perm Violet, Orient Blue, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Ocean Blue, Spring Green, Permament Green Lake, Medium Green, Sap Green, Emerald Green, Permanent Viridian lake, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Sanguine, Red Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Warm Sepia, Bistre, Raw Umber, Van Dyke Brown, Paynes Grey

*Artist’s work must predominately use the colour allocated to them (80/20)

This could translate in many ways, eg. lovers of black, use black paper as that wouldn’t be considered using another colour and therefore not part of your 80/20 split.


Submissions accepted via email until (send cv or website url): 20 June, 2016
Applicants notified of entry and colour allocation: 30 June, 2016
Payments by: July 7, 2016 (places will be reallocated if payment is not received by this date)
Delivery of prints to QG&W: 19 September, 2016
Exhibition dates: Nov 2 – 30 Nov, 2016
Exhibition official opening: Nov 6, 2016
Pickup portfolios: Dec 1 – Dec 15, 2016

Cost: $340

More details will be provided to participating artists.
If you require more information don’t hesitate to email us