Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award returns for 2019 with a spectacular showcase of works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists from across Australia.

Now in its 44th year, Australia’s richest print award presents the very best in prints and artists’ books. This year 280 award entries were received from all corners of the country, with judges selecting 56 finalists for the exhibition.

Visitors can expect to see exquisite examples of traditional printmaking techniques alongside less conventional works which question and expand perceptions of the medium.

This year’s finalists include of up and coming and acclaimed artists. Visitors can view works by previous winners Deanna Hitti (2018), Evan Pank (2017), Peter Burgess (2004, 2011), Rebecca Beardmore (2010) and Antonietta Covino-Beehre (2003). Senior WA artist Eva Fernandez, whose work Anigozanthos flavidus is currently on display at Art Gallery of WA’s The Botanical: Beauty and Peril has been selected, as has Brian Robinson, an acclaimed Torres Strait Island artist and winner of 2017 Hazelhurst Art On Paper Award. They’re showing alongside Tim Meakins, a Perth-based graphic designer and first time art award entrant.

A highlight of Fremantle Arts Centre’s calendar FAC Curator Ric Spencer said, “The FAC Print Award presents artists with a forum to question, comment on and utilise the role of print media in the world today, making for unique and surprising works and a great viewing experience.”

This year’s FAC Print Award was judged by Anne Ryan, Curator at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Mark Stewart, Academic and Curator at Murdoch University Art Collection and Lee Kinsella, Curator at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA.

The winner of the award will receive a $16,000 cash prize and their work will be acquired for the City of Fremantle Art collection. The runner up will be awarded $6,000.

This year’s winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Thu 19 Sep.

View the full list of finalists here.