Organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government and co-organised by the Printmaking Research Centre of Macao, the 1st Macao Printmaking Triennial will be held in November this year. With the aim of encouraging the creation of printmaking works and facilitating the exchange of culture and arts within Asia, the Triennial has invited a jury of renowned Asian artists to confer awards such as “Best Creation” and other distinctions on selected participants. The prizes are very attractive, with the “Special Award” offering a purse of MOP 100,000. The Organiser will accept submissions of local works during the last week in August and warmly invites all interested local artists to participate.
Macao has a unique historical reason for hosting this first ever joint exhibition of Asian printmaking: in its role as a gateway between East and West, Macao was the point of entry into China for copper plate printmaking and Western movable type technologies.
Artists from the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and India have been invited to participate in the Triennial. A quota of eight works from each country or region will be selected for the exhibition and will be candidates for the “Best Creation” award and other distinctions. The exhibition has set aside a special zone for works produced within the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan to showcase the newest facets of contemporary printmaking in Greater China.
The veteran local printmaking artists Wong Cheng Pou, Sou Pui Kun and Fung Pou Chu have submitted their recent work on special invitation from the Cultural Affairs Bureau, and the Macao Region’s quota of eight will be filled by an additional eight local artists, screened and selected from submissions received in the last week of August. Interested local residents may submit their works (monoprints are also accepted) during the week of August 27th to 31st, as well as on Monday, 3rd September. Submissions must be accompanied by a completed application form and delivered to Ms. Leong at the Cultural Affairs Bureau Building, located on Praça do Tap Seac. Works must have been produced within the last five years and must not exceed 100cm (39.3”) in length (printed portion) on any one side, nor 20cm (7.87”) in thickness. Selected works will be announced on 7th September on the website of the Cultural Affairs Bureau. For details, please visit the Bureau’s website at www.icm.gov.mo/printmaking or contact Ms. Leong in the Cultural Events Department by phone at 8399 6605.