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BIG INK at Artspace


BIG INK returns to host a weekend of large-scale woodblock printing at Artspace on April 17 + 18, 2021!

BIG INK will transform the gallery at ARTSPACE into a print studio featuring The Big Tuna: our custom-designed giant mobile press. We’ll invite* the public to witness the spectacle of you and other participants printing together. Our events blend elements of a formal class and a maker fair. It’s a fun way to expand your skill set, meet other artists, and engage with the community. Bring your next big idea to life while participating in a one-of-a-kind art making bonanza!


We invite artists and artists teams interested in carving a woodblock of at least 24 by 36 inches to participate. First, you submit a design for consideration. If selected, you’ll have two months to carve a woodblock based on your submission.


Artists and artists teams can apply by submitting an online application. Requirements for consideration are the application form and a digital image. No prior printmaking experience is necessary and artists of all skill levels are encouraged to apply. You’ll learn the woodblock printmaking process through a combination of online and in-person instruction. All applications will be promptly acknowledged and considered. Please do not send application forms by mail, fax or e-mail.

Participation highlights include:

✔️ Woodblock Printmaking Online Master Class Access

✔️ Speedball Art Products Samples

✔️ Hands-on instruction during the event

✔️ Three impressions from your woodblock, all of which you get to keep

Event Location: 201 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Application Deadline: Midnight, February 8th, 2021
Event: April 17 + 18, 2021 (one day in attendance is required)
Max Woodblock Size: 40 by 96 inches
Cost:  It’s free to apply; accepted applicants pay $300 and will need to purchase their own wood panel to carve

*Safety is our top priority. We’ll adhere to local guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.