Open Call for Large Artist Woodblocks

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Open Call for Large Artist Woodblocks

Freshly Pressed: Steamroller 2023

A/P is seeking up to 4 artists who are interested in creating a large 48”x30” MDF Woodblock that will be be steamroller printed during Freshly Pressed: Steamroller 2023!

This event is in partnership with RICK RACK Textiles and generously funded through Alberta Culture Days.

Deadline to apply to participate: ​August 4, 2023
Deadline to have finished works delivered to A/P: No later than September 9, 2023

For more information and to register, visit albertaprintmakers/FreshlyPressed_Steamroller2023.

Summary of the Call: 

  • A/P Members with previous wood/relief cutting experience are welcome to participate.
  • Participants will carve an image on the theme: Connecting Printmaking with Textile Arts.
  • MDF blocks will be provided.
  • Participants will each receive an honorarium of $400.00 for their participation; half of the honourarium will be provided upon MDF pickup and the remaining half will be provided within 30 days of the printing event.
  • Studio rentals to carve the block may be booked at no additional fee to participants if they prefer to carve their block at A/P (standard rental contracts and procedures will apply).
  • Participants must be available to assist with printing during the steamroller event.
  • Participants will each receive at least 1 steamroller-printed impression of their block.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for registration through submitting this form is August 4, 2023.
  • A/P will confirm with artists about their participation by August 5, 2023.
  • Materials can be picked up as early as August 9, 2023 (delivery may be possible within Calgary city limits).
  • Completed MDF woodblocks must be delivered to A/P no later than September 9.
  • Steamroller printing will take place during the event on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 11am – 4pm.

About Alberta Printmakers (A/P)

Operating in Calgary/Mohkinstsis, A/P cultivates an inclusive and collaborative environment to learn about printmaking, to create printed works, and to pursue exciting artistic opportunities.

To learn more, please visit or to follow on social media use: @abprintmakers.

About Freshly Pressed: Steamroller 2023

This year, A/P will be an official Alberta Culture Days Host Site, providing two events that include free public programming for all ages during the month of September. One of these events is Freshly Pressed: Steamroller 2023, presented in partnership with RICK RACK Textiles.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: RICK RACK Textiles (4704, Manhattan Rd SE)

During this free event, the public of all ages will be invited to celebrate and experience the connection between printmaking and textile art on a large scale! There will be a hands-on fabric printing activity, a window gallery to view local artwork of all kinds, and a spectacular outdoor steamroller printing demonstration!

Four of the giant relief blocks to be steamroller printed will be large scale MDF woodblocks carved by local artists based on themes connecting printmaking to the textile arts.


  • Foster new community connections through an inclusive group project and event.
  • Provide education and experience for both budding and experienced printmakers.
  • Highlight printmaking as an accessible art form that the public can directly engage with.
  • Promoting the importance of art and culture as part of a vibrant community.

Who Can Participate?

  • This opportunity is free (no application or participation fees!) and open to A/P members and non-members alike who reside within Calgary and the surrounding area.
  • Artists of all artistic disciplines and experience levels are encouraged to participate, including those who have not had the opportunity to try linocut before.
  • Participants must be 18+ years of age.
  • Registrations are limited to one registration per person.

This application requires providing a brief description of your experience, time capacity, and a small portfolio of past relief work.
Participating artists must be available to assist with printing all steamroller blocks during the event on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 11am – 4pm.

Freshly Pressed: Steamroller 2023 | Large Artist Woodblocks | Deadline to apply: August 4, 2023 | Open to A/P members and non-members | No prior experience necessary | No entry fee (volunteer opportunity) | PAID opportunity

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