Castlemaine Art Museum

Experimental Print Prize 2021

CELEBRATING INNOVATION IN VICTORIAN PRINTMAKING. Unique among prizes, EPP recognises that experimentation and risk are essential to art.


Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Sep 26, 2021




Prints And Drawings


CAM is pleased to announce 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.

Writing on the inaugural EPP for Imprint Magazine 2019, Viva Hall stated, “The prize is a varied and exciting example of diversity within print. Being a non-acquisitive prize with an emphasis on experimentation gives room for artists to push themselves and their practices.”

In 2019 Rebecca Mayo was awarded the First Prize for her work Escape Route: Melbourne to Canberra, 2018; Mark Friedlander took out the second prize for Containment, 2019; and Yoshe Gillespie was awarded the Emerging Artist Award and the Friends of Castlemaine Art Museum (FOCAM) People’s Choice Award for her work Transitory, 2019.


  • 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 13th November, 2021.


An exhibition of shortlisted works will be held at Castlemaine Art Museum, 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine, Victoria, from November 13th. Selected artists will be asked to provide a short biography and artist statement. Entry fee $35.00


Entries Open: 28 of May 2021

Entries close: 26 of September 2021

Shortlisting: September

Notification by email of selection: 10 October

Selected entries to be delivered to the Castlemaine Art Museum between: 21 to 24 of October, between 12.00pm and 5.00pm

Exhibition dates: Sat 13 November to 28 February 2022

Official opening and announcement of prizes: Sat 13 November 2021

Collection of works: 4 to 7 of March 2022



  1. Read the conditions of entry and ensure all eligibility requirements are met

  2. Complete the entry form

  3. Upload a high-quality digital image

  4. Submit payment of AUD $35.00 (incl. GST) per work (one work only)

  5. Once processed, acknowledgement of entry and receipt of payment will be emailed to entrants


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