The 2016 Print Awards are the centrepiece of the International Print Biennale and showcase the most exciting artists working in print right now from across the world. Following an international call for artists, this exhibition, taking place across three venues, presents the work of 31 artists chosen from over 780 entries. The international selection panel for 2016 Print Awards were Christiane Baumgartner, David Cleaton-Roberts and Sune Nordgren. Each selector also invited one artist and we are pleased to present works by Marina Bindella (Italy), Cornelia Parker (UK) and Adam Saks (Denmark).

The Print Awards prize winners will be announced at 5pm on Friday 16 September and you can find out who the recipients are live on the night by following Northern Print’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Following the announcements, you can view the prizewinning prints alongside all the selected work at Gallery North, Northern Print and Vane – as well as meet many of the exhibiting artists.

Previews at all three venues will take place simultaneously at 6-8pm.

The selected works will be on display at Vane and Northern Print from 16 September – 29 October 2016, and at Gallery North from 16 September – 21 October.

Gallery North: Dana Ariel, Alison Bernal, Takuji Hamanaka, Eleanor Havsteen-Franklin, Irena Keckes, Sun Ju Lee, Liz K Miller, Hyunsung Park, Cornelia Parker, Rachel Povey, Susan Ridge, Senye Shen, VikLeka (A.M. Leka and Vic Godard)

Northern Print: Lisa Andrén, Lisa Bulawsky, Sam Hodge, Nif Hodgson, Jennifer König, Hormazd Narielwalla, Augusto Sampaio

Vane: JL Abraham, Marcin Bialas, Marina Bindella, Zenon Burdy, Kevin Frances, Tom Hammick, Claire Hynds, Manami Ito, Susan Phillips, Jenny Robinson, Adam Saks, Tomiyuki Sakuta, Andrea Serafini, Georges Wenger

The 2016 Print Awards is showing at Vane alongside ‘Contactless’.

Presented as part of the fourth International Print Biennale, 16 September – 29 October 2016. The largest and most prestigious printmaking event in the UK with exhibitions and events taking place at venues across the North East of England. For more information go to www.internationalprintbiennale.org.uk