MarcoLooks Print Swap 2022
Back for 2022, come and take part in the excellent art community event, the MarcoLooks Print Swap!
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:
- 6 print swap: £10 (inc free UK Postage, overseas postage not included*, sorry)
- 10 print swap: £16 (inc free UK Postage, overseas postage not included*, sorry)
- If you took part in last year's swap, you should have you welcome back code, drop me an email or a DM if you don't have it.
- Buy the Souvenir Coffee Table, Look Book
ADD THE LOOK BOOK WITH YOUR ENTRY:
*New for 2022*, the Print Swap exhibition will be coming to directly YOU! We will be creating the MarcoLooks Print Swap Look Book 2022, coffee table style book, available at a discounted rate for all participating artists. It will showcase all the prints taking part in the swap, along with their social media contact details. It's a way to bring the Print Swap exhibition to YOU. It will be an A4, landscape, hardback, luxury book, that will contain smaller (approx 10x15cm) versions of all the prints taking part, along with everyone’s social media handles, so we can all follow and support each other. The perfect way to celebrate such a fun community event. By adding the book into your Print Swap registration, you are getting it at a significantly reduced priced, the RRP of the book on its own will be £20 (+postage). Expected dispatch is the end of August 2022.
WHO IS THE MARCOLOOKS PRINT SWAP FOR?:
The Print Swap is open to all artists. The only caveat is you must be a professional artist/maker. For the purposes of the swap, I’m defining “professional” as you must be, or in the process of, selling your work to the public. It could be online (either Etsy, Folksy, your own website etc), or at markets and events.
PRINT SIZE REQUIREMENT:
A5 (210 x 148 mm). Printed image size is up to you. You must provide identical prints. If you want to submit part of a limited edition, that's completely up to you.
Art prints. Any medium (digital print or printmaking). All the prints you send in must be identical. Any paper is fine. There is no theme. Your name and social media handle should be on the back of each print, so when your print gets sent to its new home, your recipient will know where to find more of your work.
THE SWAP ITSELF:
There are two options. 6 prints, or 10 prints.
If you send in 6 identical prints, you will receive 6 different prints. If you choose to the 10 print option, you will receive 10 different prints. All prints will be sent and distributed by the end of August 2022. Participants will be notified when all print swaps have been shipped.
DEADLINE TO SEND ME YOUR PRINTS:
- International: Prints and all participation fees must be received by THURSDAY 30th JUNE 2022
- UK: Prints and all participation fees must be received by FRIDAY 15th JULY 2022
IMPORTANT: All prints must conform to the guidelines. Any prints that do not fit the guidelines will be returned to the artist. *£10 or £16 Participation Fee is not refundable.
SHIPPING YOUR PRINTS TO ME: Your complete edition of prints should be posted in a hard backed envelope to keep them protected in transit. Prints should be mailed to the address (below), along with your completed entry form (here). Prints will not be accepted without £10 or £16 payment.
*Please do not send your prints in individual cello bags, or individually backed onto cardboard. I will ensure your print arrives to it’s final home safely and protected.*
*SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE UK: If you are outside the UK, unfortunately I can not guarantee that you will not be charged VAT upon receipt of your prints. I'm so sorry.
SOCIAL MEDIA: As prints arrive, I’ll be uploading images to the MarcoLooks Instagram showcasing the variety of work and artists joining the print swap. Follow the exchange on social media: Instagram @Marcolooks. Social media savvy? Hashtag your works-in-progress or completed works using the hashtag #MarcoLooksPrintSwap.
WHERE DO I SEND MY PRINTS:
Please send your amazing Print Swaps to:
18 Blake Street
Don't forget, along with your prints, you MUST include an address of where I am to send your prints to. Thank you. Please fill in this form and send it to me along with your prints: Participation Form 2022
If you took part last year, you might recall we had a number of exhibitions across North Yorkshire. I was really sad that I couldn’t bring the show to more places across the UK (and indeed, the world), so this year, I’m producing our first MarcoLooks Print Swap Souvenir Look Book. It will contain smaller versions of all the prints taking part, along with everyone’s social media handles, so we can all follow and support each other. The book is also available to buy separately, if you are not taking part in the swap.
REPRODUCTION: All participating prints will be reproduced digitally to create the Souvenir Look Book and to promote additional exhibitions or future exchanges. Proper credit will be given to the artist upon reproduction; no additional monetary value will be associated with reproduction. If you would prefer to email me a digital file of your artwork, that's fine, just email me.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- Can I submit six/ten different prints, or are they all the same?
Please submit identical prints.
- Do the prints have to be sent separately in cello wraps?
It’s great that you’re thinking about your prints arriving perfectly for their final home, but please don’t worry. There’s also no need to include a backing board, as the prints will be sturdy enough when they are sent to everyone taking part.
- Should I include a business card for each print?
Last year, the process of the swap meant that I had to separate your prints from your original packaging and it wasn’t always easy to keep extras all together with your prints. So, please just make sure you add your name and instagram handle to the back of each print, so the person who receives your work will no where to find you.
- Why can't students or hobbyists take part?
To keep the value of the work, fair and equal across the print swap, it's important that the prints you will be receiving, would be something someone would pay for in the context of a purchase. Therefore the value of work we're sharing is equal to counterparts received.
- Is the Swap open to artists across the world?
Yes. The more the merrier! But please note, you may be charged additional VAT or import duty on your prints when you receive them, I'm so sorry.
- I'm a printmaker, can I take part?
Absolutely. However, it is not necessary to submit your hand printed prints. Your chosen print, digitally printed is perfectly acceptable for this print exchange. Of course, you are more than welcome to submit handprinted (identical) prints, however please note, you may not receive handprinted prints in return.
- Do I have to submit giclee prints?
This is entirely up to you. The only requirement for the type of paper you submit your work on, is that it's the same (or similar) paper you sell your work. We ask that the quality is something you would be happy for your customers to buy from you... i.e. please don't send work printed onto 70gsm copier paper.
- Do I have to submit a brand new, never before seen print, or can I submit prints that are already for sale in my shop?
The MarcoLooks Print Swap is about sharing our work with our peers, so this is completely up to you. There's no requirement to submit brand new prints. It might be a good time for you to help free up some stock space with prints that you may have in your catalogue. Do whatever is right for you and your business.
- Does the registration fee include postage for me to send you the prints?
The fee to take part, includes return postage from me to you. Last year I received the print swap prints in boxes and envelopes of all sizes, so it would be really difficult from to estimate this cost and add it into the fee. So it makes sense for you to work out how best to get your prints to me, and to organise your own postage. Thanks.
- I need more help!
Please email me at email@example.com, I'll do my best to help you :)
THE SMALL PRINT...
By taking part in the print swap, you agree to be added to a central email database, so that I can keep you up to date with latest news and updates about the MarcoLooks Print Swap. You also grant me permission to scan and add your print into our coffee table book, which will be sold to promote the print swap for future years. All credit and how customers can find your work will be printed along with your work.
WAIT A MINUTE... I'M NOT AN ARTIST, I JUST WANT THE BOOK...
For the first time, the MarcoLooks Print Swap exhibition is coming to YOU, via the Souvenir Look Book, coffee table style book. It will be an A4, landscape, hardback, luxury book, that will contain smaller (approx 10x15cm) versions of all the prints taking part, along with everyone’s social media handles, so we can all follow and support each other. The perfect way to celebrate such a fun community event. Simply pop it in your basket, and it will be sent to you when the Print Swap is over.