20:20 Print Exchange started in 2009 as a project between Hot Bed Press in Salford and Red Hot Press in Southampton and has grown in popularity ever since. Over 50,000 prints have been created and exchanged in the past six years with The Ropewalk Printmakers taking part for the last three years.
Every artist produces an edition of 25 prints on paper 20cm x 20cm. In return each artist receives a bespoke hand printed boxed set of 20 randomly selected prints, (including their own print and 19 others). Prints could be any print medium and numbered 1 to 25 of 25 prints.
Each workshop also receives one set of randomly selected prints and one ‘twinned’ set whereby workshops are randomly matched, each receiving a set of 10 of their own members’ prints and one set of their ‘twinning partner workshop’.
This year we were twinned with Seacourt, The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, in Bangor, Northern Ireland. The prints on display are a selection from our previous years of participation.
One print from every participant, including 10 Ropewalk Printmakers is kept by Hot Bed Press to exhibit/tour nationally. In 2015 the tour started at Hot Bed Press and went on to Neo: Gallery in Bolton, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, The Art House, Wakefield, and Belfast Print Workshop. The final exhibition is at Liverpool John Moores University, opening at the end of March 2016.