Submission now open!


The Bainbridge Open 2018 is an open submission opportunity for print based artists and seeks to celebrate the breadth of contemporary print practices throughout the UK and abroad. The exhibition will showcase the work of print based artists and provide a platform for emerging and established practitioners to present their work to the public and invited guests.

We encourage entries from professional artists as well as early career artists and students and are very keen to see work that shows the diversity and breadth of contemporary print-based art practice today.

Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 22 April.


  • £150 towards paper from John Purcell Paper
  • 5 free sessions working in The Art Academy's open access print rooms
  • £50 towards materials from L. Cornelissen & Son
  • £100 towards the cost of framing from The Frame Library
  • Two mentoring sessions with the SPACE Artist Development team
  • A week-long solo exhibition at ASC Gallery 
  • Two open access passes for one year of unlimited access to the print rooms at Bainbridge Print Studios


  • Artist over the age of 18

  • Work must be print based

  • You must be available to deliver and collect your work, or make necessary arrangements for someone to do this on your behalf
    Please see terms and conditions below for further details on eligibility and inadmissible works

How to submit:

  • Deadline for submissions is 22nd April 2018 at midnight

  • Complete the entry form and submit your work online using digital images

  • Up to three prints may be submitted for selection together with a one off non-refundable submission fee of £20 and £5 per additional entry. A maximum of three entries per entrant are allowed. 

  • Submission fee is payable online via the submission form

  • Images must be submitted in JPEG format (maximum file size 3MB)

  • Please ensure that the following information is included within the JPEG filenames:

• Artist’s name
• Title of work
• Submission number (1-3)
• For example: NameSurname_TitleOfWork_01.jpg

Key dates:

  • Deadline for submissions - Sunday 22 April, Midnight

  • Artists are informed - Tuesday 1 May

  • Delivery of works - Sunday 3 June, 10 - 12pm and Monday 4 June, 10 - 12pm

  • Private View - Friday 8 June, 6 - 9pm

  • Exhibition open - Saturday 9 June - Friday 15 June

  • Collection of works - Friday 15 June 5 - 7pm and Saturday 16 10 - 12pm


We are very excited to have the wonderful and accomplished artists Johanna Love and Marcelle Hanslaar joining us this year as selectors for the Bainbridge Open 2018.


  Ohne Strahlen VIII

Ohne Strahlen VIII

Johanna Love is an artist and academic living in London. She is currently Pathway Leader for MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Brighton. 

Her own practice explores images that sit at the intersection between traditional problems of perception and modern technology, images which are at the edge of visual representation, that provoke a number of paradoxical readings and that offer an arena within which to contemplate themes of perception, time, memory and mortality.

She completed a practice based PhD at Chelsea College of Art & Design, exploring the subject of dust, as generating new perceptions of viewing the printed photographic image. She is currently collaborating with the National History Museum at present in a project that uses an electron microscope to examine dust gathered from her grandparents’ home in Hamburg, Germany, a town heavily bombed during World War II.  

She exhibits widely both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Painting Drawing and the Digital, University of Northampton; Another Way of Telling, Vancouver, Canada; Johanna Love, GiG Gallery, Munich; Lichtlose Luft, ParcSpace, London College of Communication; A small constellation of photographic evidence, Cheng Art Gallery, Beijing; Behind the eyes: making pictures, Gallery North, Newcastle; Viewfinder, Artspaceh Gallery, Seoul, Korea; British Printmaking Japan, Kyoto Museum & Art Gallery, Japan.



  The Crying Game 25 [of a series of 30 prints] Etching/aquatint, 20x25 cm, edition 30, 2017

The Crying Game 25 [of a series of 30 prints]
Etching/aquatint, 20x25 cm, edition 30, 2017

Hanselaar was born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and attributes growing up in this protestant postwar country as being much of the inspiration for the recurring, often dark, subject matter in her work. Self-taught, she started out as an abstract painter before turning to figuration, whilst simultaneously becoming fascinated by etching.

In her most recent work The Crying Game, a series of 30 etchings based on Otto Dix's series Der Krieg, Hanselaar questions the fragility of how to remain human in an increasingly violent and displaced world. The acid bitten quality of etching amplifies the rawness of the subject matter with the aquatint adding that tender, painterly touch.

Hanselaar has exhibited widely across the UK and abroad, including at the Royal Academy of Art, Tate Modern, Flowers Gallery, Bankside Gallery, Mile End Art Pavilion, Royal West of England Academy, Arnolfini and the Science Museum UK.