Compact Prints 2020

Compact Prints was first held in 2002, originally conceived and curated by Rebekah Butler. The exhibition welcomed international artists in 2004 and has continued as a biennial exhibition ever since. The exhibition is greatly anticipated by printmaking organisations and previous artist participants. Compact Prints 2020 is a celebration of contemporary print practices, embracing traditional and technological methods. The project provides artists with a forum to exchange artwork and ideas. It also provides an opportunity to exhibit in a contemporary art space while supporting Umbrella through its fundraising auction. Artist each submit an edition of 3 identical prints – 1 for the exhibition, 1 for the auction and 1 for an artwork exchange. See the full 2002 – 2018 exhibition archive here.

This year Umbrella has received over 100 entries, which has been a great achievement considering COVID-19-related postage delays and reduced accessibility options for printmaking worldwide.

Compact prints are available for purchase through a silent auction running throughout the exhibition period. Registration and bidding can be done from the opening launch and we encourage visitors to revisit throughout the exhibition. All of the 2020 prints can be viewed online below however bids can only be made in person or on the phone. For phone bids, please be prepared and have the artwork number on hand. Bidding will close at 1pm Sunday 15 November. Winning bidders will be notified by the following week. To make a bid, register your name and details with a gallery staff member or volunteer.

From 15 November 2020, Umbrella randomly selects pairings for the artwork exchanges. Each artist participant will receive a copy of a letter detailing which artist received their exchange print.

Umbrella has moved to a new website. This website is only kept online as an archive of exhibitions and events.