We are a network of artists who explore the creative possibilities of large scale relief printmaking.
Why Be A BIG INKer?
Here are a few good reasons...
Never made a woodcut or woodblock print? No problem! We've created step-by-step video tutorials to get you started.
We assist in the creation of four impressions from your carved block, one of which is archived in our portfolio.
You are provided a professionally photographed image of your work that is also added to our website.
National and international art venues curate BIG INK exhibits from the portfolio. Your work could be featured next!
No Submission Fee
Being artists ourselves, we know submission fees are a drag. We don't charge unless you are accepted.
BIG INK's web and social outlets receive thousands of views each month and will put your work in front of a larger audience.
Size: Images must be at least 24” x 36” in dimension but no larger than the maximum size indicated on each event prospectus. Occasionally, size may be limited due to the equipment available at venue in which we’re printing.
Materials: Artists are responsible for securing his or her own ½” thick plywood, 1/2″ MDF, or 3/8″ Shina for carving in addition to carving tools.
Originality: Uniqueness of the design is a major consideration. A drawing, digital graphic, altered photography, collage, sketch, painting of what you intend to carve is acceptable. Images must be solely created by the applicant.
Fees: It is free to submit your proposal; accepted artists pay a fee to participate. Please see the event prospectus for details. This fee covers everything including paper, ink, cleaning supplies, and professional photography.
Painters, sculptors, photographers and any other ambitious souls are welcome to apply. You don’t have to be an expert printmaker. We’ve coached accepted participants of all career levels, from emerging to established, through the process.
Commonly Asked Questions
Collaboration: Two artists can collaborate on a single woodblock. Simply list both individual’s details on the application.
Attendance: Artists are responsible for attending the printing day assigned to them. You’re welcome to attend any other scheduled printing days but are not required to do so.
Transport: You may be able to ship your block directly to the venue. Contact us to confirm. At the event BIG INK provides newsprint to wrap the work and mailing tubes are provided for those that are mailing work back home. When shipping your block to the venue also include a return label in the package. This makes shipping your block back home easy.
Accommodations: Artists are responsible for securing his or her own accommodations. We use Airbnb most frequently. The site allows you to input the venue’s address and view the nearest rooms for rent. Typically you can find something well under $100 per night. We recommend booking sooner rather than later to ensure the best availability and price.
Consumables: BIG INK provides everything needed to print you large woodblock including printing paper and oil based relief ink. You’re not required to bring anything but your block to the printing event.
Color printing: To keep the work cohesive and simplify the process of printing multiple artist’s work, we don’t do color printing at events.
Current Open Deadlines
Read the prospectus by clicking the “View/Download” link located below each venue’s details. Ready to apply? Fill out the application below. If no events are currently listed in your area, sign-up for our newsletter to receive future calls-for-entry. Deadlines are ongoing and venues are added on a rolling basis.
Share Your Idea
We’re delighted to review your proposal! Before applying, please read through the current open deadlines above if you haven’t already done so. Note this application system does not save information. If you navigate away from this window while your application is in process, it may be lost. We recommend that you type your proposal in a word document and then copy/paste responses into the application. If you have any questions, or run into problems using our online system, please contact us.