Competitions & Contests

Reverting to Type 2020: Protest Posters

Entry Dates 2020-10-15T23:59:00 - 2020-01-20T13:37:00 95 Days Left



Due to the global pandemic and its wide-spread effects we have decided to push the exhibition back to later in the year to allow more time for the making and sending of work. The show is now scheduled to take place in November and not July as originally planned. Please see the key dates below for updated deadline information. Many thanks to all who have submitted work already, your entries are unaffected by this change and can still be edited up until the new deadline. Thanks for bearing with us.


Open call for letterpress protest posters

This is an international call for letterpress artworks to be exhibited in London, UK during November and December 2020. Curated by New North Press to mark 10 years since their seminal Reverting to Type exhibition, the show will include progressive artwork from established presses around the world, alongside that of students and specially-invited collaborators.

Letterpress has long been a medium of dissent and this will be an exhibition of artwork with something to say: posters sounding a warning signal about the global climate crisis; railing against fake news and surveillance capitalism; confronting fascism, sexism and racism; fighting for equal opportunities and inclusivity. If you have access to a printing press this is your chance to have a voice!

Key dates
29 May 15 October Entry submission due
5 June 22 October Notice of acceptance via e-mail
19 June 5 November Selected artwork due at New North Press, 45 Coronet St, London N1 6HD, UK
3 July 20 November Exhibition opens
27 July 20 December Exhibition closes


Artwork should
– have a clear message, relevant to the theme of protest
– be visually arresting
– be printed letterpress (We encourage both traditional and contemporary approaches to printmaking. Mixed media prints are acceptable as long as they are at least in part printed letterpress.)
Artworks must not
– be framed
– be larger than 594 x 841mm (A1)

This is an international show and we welcome submissions in languages other than English.
See artwork examples on the Web Gallery.

Entry fee & submission

A nonrefundable entry fee of £20 GBP (or £10 GBP for students in full-time education) entitles the artist to submit up to three entries.
You can include up to three images per entry – please make sure these show your work clearly and are high resolution, of print quality.
By entering you agree to these terms & conditions.


For all submissions we will require 1 artwork for display purposes (which will be retained by New North Press as there is possibility of the show travelling)
+ an optional 5 copies to be available for sale* during the exhibition.

*Proceeds from sales will be split 50/50 with the gallery so please factor this in to the retail price when filling out your submission form.
Payment for sales will be sorted out, and unsold artworks returned, once the show has ended.

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