Printers Without Margins will offer a one-month printmaking fellowship to six individuals in 2018 who want to create radical printed matter for a larger community. Pickwick will provide access to our printshop, instruction, materials, creative guidance and a small stipend to each fellow. The fellowship is intended to give someone who wouldn't otherwise have access to the equipment and community support that Pickwick provides it's members. One edition of 100 signs, posters, pamphlets, zines, postcards, etc. will be created related to the issue they bring to the table. Possible topics can include issues such as: racism, LGBTQIAA+ rights, incarceration, homelessness, gentrification, environmental change, politics, healthcare, and so forth. Distribution of the printed matter to the public for free is required; for example: posting in public spaces, passed on during canvassing conversations, sent via post, or any other creative method of dissemination. 

Pickwick is a fine art printmaking facility that utilizes screen printing, relief & letterpress printing, intaglio, and offset lithography to create artwork and small runs for commercial clients. We are set up to make posters, flyers, postcards, zines, and t- shirts, among other kinds printed matter. 

****Please note: the 2018 fellowships have been filled, and we are no longer accepting applications for 2018. 
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Fellows will:

  • Gain access to Pickwick for one month, which includes 24 hour access to the shop and any member events that happen over the course of that month. 
  • Receive a consultation meeting and a workshop in the printmaking technique of their choice. 
  • Receive a small personal stipend, to be used however the fellow sees fit (travel, housing, childcare, a per diem, etc). 
  • Be paired with a Pickwick member who will collaborate or assist with the project. This relationship can be utilized as an initial consultation, a collaborative partner, or technical assistance, and will be up to the fellow and member individually. The member and fellow will each receive a small stipend. 
  • Receive a materials stipend to be used on the fellowship project. Pickwick's ability to provide materials will be assessed on a case by case basis, so your application should reflect your ideal materials. If the fellow requires or wants any additional instruction for this or other projects, it will be the fellow's financial and administrative responsibility. 

Once granted, the fellow will be required to:

  • Establish meeting and workshop times with the director and instructor. 
  • Complete membership paperwork and provide a $10 key deposit (to be returned at the end of the month)
  • Completely finish the project detailed in the application: which must include, but is not limited to, a minimum of 100 items for distribution. Other projects can be completed during the fellowship, once the agreed upon project has been finished. Stipends may only be used for the initial project.
  • Distribute printed matter to the public free of charge, ideally within one month of completing the project.
  • Provide receipts for all costs associated with relevant stipends will be used for.
  • Attend one of two public events in June or December at the shop after completing their fellowship to speak about the project and experience. (If travel is a problem, alternative attendance can be arranged i.e skype or video)
  • Provide a short written reflection of the experience, with photographs of the fellowship experience and the distribution of the project. (Pickwick can assist with photographs if necessary)
  • Give Pickwick and the Kindling Fund permission to use images of the resident and/or printed matter in their promotional material.  


  • This application deadline is rolling, and will continue to be open until all 6 spots are full or until November 1st, whichever comes first. 
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply early in 2018, with a priority deadline of March 5th. 
  • Applications will be reviewed by beginning of every month and applicants will be notified by the 7th of each month. 



Can multiple people apply together?
A maximum of two people can apply together to work on the same project, but for all intents and purposes, they will be treated as a singular being. Only one set of keys will be issued and they must use the shop together.

Can I sell the prints that I make? 
No. The prints you create must be distributed for free. Why? Because projects can not be a for-profit endeavor, as per the requirements of our granting agency, The Kindling Fund

Can I sell anything else I make during the fellowship after my PWOM project is completed?
Yes, you can.

Can I make a poster that advertises for the organization I work/volunteer for? 
The project can be in support of your organization but should emphasize the mission and ideas of your cause more so than the promotion of the organization itself. 

Does Pickwick provide housing?
This fellowship does not provide housing, but applicants need not be local to Portland, Maine. The personal stipend can be used toward housing, travel costs, a per diem, childcare, etc. 

What if I can't commit to a month in Portland, Maine but I still want to make something over a long weekend or other shorter period? 
You should still apply! The costs for studio access and stipends will be allocated according to each project.

What if I want to utilize two different methods of printing to complete my project? (for example: letterpress and screen printing)
Each fellow will receive one workshop in one method of printing. If the fellow would like to personally purchase additional workshops, that can be arranged!

What are the stipends?
Each fellow will be allocated $700, the break down of which will be allocated differently depending on each fellow's proposal. The total will cover: access to Pickwick, a workshop. a personal stipend, a materials stipend, and a stipend for the collaborating Pickwick member. For instance: One fellow might make 100 posters, which will require a letterpress workshop: $125, One Month access to Pickwick $250, Materials (paper and linoleum block): $75, personal stipend of $125 and the collaborating member stipend of $125.

Can I bring my friends to help me complete the project? 
Friends/colleagues/partners will not be allowed to operate equipment unless they receive special permission from the director.

Can I have an open house at the shop to begin to distribute my project? 
Yes! Planning and scheduling will need to be coordinated with the director. 

Who decides who gets these fellowships? 
A jury of Pickwick members will gather to review applications at the beginning of each month. 

How do you decide which projects will be accepted?
We will assess projects based on relevance of the content, ingenuity, and feasibility of the project being completed within one month. Messages of hate will not be tolerated. 

If I want to keep using the shop after the fellowship is over, can I?
Pickwick is a busy shop with many members who utilize the shared space and equipment. The fellow could have access to the shop with daily rental fees, or can apply to be a printing member of the shop. If the fellow wants to utilize other equipment of the shop, they may need to purchase additional workshops for training. Please see the available workshops and membership pages for more information. 

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us via the website or email:

Support for the Printers Without Margins Fellowship Program at Pickwick Independent Press is provided by The Kindling Fund, a grant program administered by SPACE Gallery as a part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Network.