Printers Without Margins Fellowship Project


This project will offer a one-month printmaking fellowship to six individuals who want to create radical printed matter for an organization or a community at large. One edition of 100 signs, posters, pamphlets, zines, postcards, etc. will be created during this month related to the issue they bring to the table: racism, LGBTQ rights, incarceration, homelessness, gentrification, environmental change, politics, healthcare, and so forth. Distribution of the printed matter to the public will also be required; 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 art work and small run commercial work. We have the ability to make posters, fliers, postcards, zines, t- shirts, among other kinds printed matter.

We seek to work with individuals who are working independently or as a part of a organization who want to create their own printed matter in service of a social justice issue. We have 6 fellowship spots to fill during 2018. This fellowship is intended to give someone who wouldn't otherwise have access to the equipment and community support that Pickwick provides. Fellows will be required to make a minimum quantity of 100 prints and distribute them to the public. 

Fellows will:
- gain access to Pickwick for 1 month, which includes 24 hour access to the shop and access to 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. 
- be paired with a member who will collaborate or assist with the project.*
- receive a small stipend.
- receive a materials stipend to be used on the fellowship project.** 
(This will be assessed on an individual basis, so your application should reflect your ideal materials.)

Once granted, The resident will be required to:
-set up the 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; a minimum of 100 items for distribution.*
-provide receipts for all costs associated with project that stipends will be used for.
-attend one of two public events in June or December at the shop after their residency to speak about the project and residency. (If travel is prohibitive, 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; phone pictures are acceptable)
-give Pickwick and the Kindling Fund permission to use images of the resident and/or printed matter in their promotional material. 

*A member of Pickwick will be chosen to work with each fellow to complete their 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. 
**if the fellow requires or wants any additional instruction for this or other projects, it will be the fellow's financial and administrative responsibility. 
***Other projects can be completed during the fellowship, once the agreed upon project has been completed. stipends may only be used for initial project. 


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


Can multiple people apply together?
A maximum of two people can apply together to work on the same project, but for all intensive 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. this prints you create must be distributed for free. 

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 that your organization works for 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 or travel costs. 

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

Can I have a 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 applicants at the beginning of each month. 

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

If I want to keep using the shop after the fellowship is over, can I?
The fellow will 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. 

Name *
Please describe the project you are interested in making at Pickwick, and be as specific as possible with the content, quantity, and size of the thing you want to make
4. Experience in Art /Printmaking *
Detail anything you think you might need- if you don't know that's ok too.
First Choice:
11. Images/Inspiration: I have sent the following: *
Please send 3-5 images of items or things you have seen that are inspiring you to These can be links, jpegs, pdf, a moodboard, sketches etc.

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.