The Art of Letterpress Exhibition

Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland from Friday 16 October to Friday 27 November.

The Christchurch exhibition was very successful with around three hundred visitors over the five days it was open during Level 2 restrictions and we received positive feedback which was very encouraging. The Ferrymead Printing Society team are now packaging this and sending to Auckland but you can view the seventy-one prints here. Toni Mosley, the original curator and organiser, will be managing the exhibition in Auckland.

The exhibition of artworks celebrates the love of letters (type) and letterpress printing, showcasing the traditional ways of printing and keeping the passion for print alive.

The Printing Museum in Wellington will have the exhibition after this and will exhibit at the Wellington Book Arts Centre, at a date to be confirmed. 

Expressions of interest for displaying in Dunedin early 2021 have been expressed and we are working with Dr John Holmes to make this happen.

The exhibition will be available for display in other regions within New Zealand. Please contact us if you would like more information on this.

Entries will become part of a permanent collection which will be managed by the Ferrymead Printing Society.

A R T W O R K   E N T R I E S   N O W   C L O S E D

Size: items entered are to be single-sided (poster-style) and up to a maximum size of A1 (594mm x 841mm) and must include letterpress printing.

Paper: A range of beautiful paper from our Supporters BJ Ball Papers and B&F Papers will soon be available for purchase in pre-cut packs from this website.

Content ideas: images, graphic elements, quotes, poems, event/s, politics can be printed. The organisers have complete discretion over what is acceptable and will be displayed in the exhibition. Items that may be considered offensive, bad-taste or attacking any persons, groups or entities will not be accepted.

Printing: relief, embossing, debossing, linocut, wood carving, hand-created images, metal or wooden type can be used.

Number of entries: Two entries per person (or collaboration) may be submitted and we encourage students to enter. Work must be original and have been printed within the last two years.

Deadline: Entries have now closed for 2020 thank you.

Entry fee: NZ$10 per print entered to be paid online to Ferrymead Printing Society 03-0830-0338510-001  Include your name in the reference area.

International Entries: We welcome all international entries and due to the cost of international postage/shipping to New Zealand, there is no Entry Fee payable for those outside NZ.

The catalogue is available for downloading as a PDF here.


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