Info About Prints

Original prints, reproduction prints, fine art digital prints, original photography and photographic prints

This guide is for all artists, but artists who have exhibited with us before, please note that this information is an update to how we have managed prints in the past.

In 2020 we aim to do two things:

  • Clear up any confusion over the difference between original prints, reproduction prints and digital prints, and we will explain how they will be managed at the show
  • Increase your opportunity to sell more artworks

How are we going to do this?

  • The number of original prints, reproduction prints, fine art digital prints, photographs and photographic prints permitted is increasing from 15 to a limited edition of 30
  • All original prints, reproduction prints, fine art digital prints, photographs and photographic prints will be clearly labelled with exactly what they are
  • Only original artworks and prints will be permitted in an artists exhibition space
  • Reproduction prints, fine art digital print copies and unframed originals will be displayed in a separate designated area at the show: this applies to both SAW and SOLO panel artists
  • Artists will only be allowed to submit reproduction prints in addition to original artworks: artists may not solely submit reproduction prints.
  • SAW artists will be permitted to bring all 30 of their prints, reproduction prints, fine art digital prints, photographs and photographic prints but there are conditions which are outlined below
  • SOLO panel artists: the number of reproduction prints will match the number of original artworks. Maximum number is six of each. E.g if you submit 4 original artworks, you may submit 4 reproduction prints

Original Prints

Definition

  • Original printmaking or original hand-pulled prints
  • Made from a single plate created by the artist
  • Comprises any of the following: relief prints, intaglio prints, lithographic prints (not offset), screenprints and monotypes
  • Prints are generated by the artist or by someone else under the artist’s directions and supervsion

Process at the NZ Art Show

  • Any artwork labelled with just ‘Print’ must fit the criteria listed above, but we encourage artists to include the printing technique used
  • Can come from a limited edition of up to 30
  • SAW artists may display all 30 prints in their exhibition space as long as they are framed. But we advise that they are not all exhibited at the same time. Unframed prints to be wrapped in cellophane or similar and displayed in the designated area at the show
  • SOLO artists may have only 1 framed print from a single run displayed in their exhibition space. Unframed prints will be wrapped in cellophane and displayed and sold from the designated area in the show
  • Must be signed with the edition number

Reproduction Print

Definition

  • Often referred to as prints because they are normally printed via a mechanical printing process like inkjet or laser printing, but technically they are reproductions or printed copies
  • The artist commissions copies of original 2D artworks, generally paintings
  • Copies are printed onto paper, canvas or other suitable surface

Process at the NZ Art Show

  • Can come from a limited edition of up to 30
  • To be clearly labelled, indicating that they are a reproduction print and the printing process used. They must not be labelled with just ‘Print’
  • Will be placed in a designated area at the show in display units
  • To be printed onto paper or other suitable surface: not onto canvas
  • Unframed copies on paper are to be individually wrapped in clear cellophane paper
  • To be signed and numbered with the edition number
  • Sales of reproduction prints will be processed in the show’s standard manner.

Fine art digital prints

Definition

  • Images are created on a digital device – e.g, computer
  • Prints are generated using a mechanical printing process like laser or inkjet print technology etc
  • If only one print is created, then the NZ Art Show will deem it an original
  • If more than one print is generated, they are copies

Process at the NZ Art Show

  • Can come from a limited edition of up to 30
  • Only one framed print may be exhibited in the artist’s exhibition space at any one time
  • All other copies to be wrapped in cellophane and will be displayed in the designated area for copies

Fine art photographs: analog

Definition

  • Images created by a photographic process: exposing light through a transparent material onto a suitable surface (generally a photo-sensitive surface)
  • Some examples: film camera and photographic negative, pinhole photography, slides, cyanotypes
  • Each image or print is an original artwork

Process at NZ Art Show

  • Can come from a limited edition of up to 30
  • SAW artists may have all framed photos in their exhibition space: all unframed to be wrapped in cellophane and displayed in the designated area for reproduction copies
  • SOLO panel artists may have 1 framed photograph and the other copies to be unframed, wrapped in cellophane and displayed in the designated area for reproduction prints

Fine art photographic prints: digital

Definition

  • Images created using a digital device (e.g camera) and printed using a mechanical printing process like laser or inkjet printing proces
  • If only one of one is printed, then it is an original. If more than one is printed, then they are copies of the first

Process at the show

  • Can come from a limited edition of up to 30
  • All artists: one framed original may be on display in their exhibition space
  • May not be printed on canvas
  • All copies to be wrapped in cellophane and displayed in designated area for reproduction prints

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