CreAct – Open Call for Art Students

CreAct – On Printmaking and the Artist Book

OPEN CALL for art students

Do you feel like deepening your existing knowledge and experience with printmaking processes and explore the boundaries of the artist book? Then Stichting Grafein invites you to participate in a printmaking process resulting in an artist book in the broadest sense. The artworks created in this project will be exhibited during the print triennial Grafiek 2022.

Grafein initiates and facilitates printmaking projects in the Netherlands and abroad to generate interest in printmaking in a contemporary context.

Grafein has been contacted by the Stichting Harry van Kruiningen to develop a project. Harry van Kruiningen (1906-1996) was an innovative printmaker, painter, designer and a maker of artist books, but overall he was an artist with different identities: innovator, initiator, activist and creator. These identities fit to different facets of printmaking and will be leading in this open call.

For the open call we want to use these identities, the graphic arts printing processes and the
the artist’s book as a starting point.
Which identity(s) or work process(es) do you feel connected to?

Printmaking has a long tradition  within the visual arts and offers
opportunities to multiply ideas. The artist book is an extension of this.
Explore the boundaries and push them! 

When is something still recognizable as a book?

Explore techniques and materials, react, change, imitate, copy and discover the different work processes. Investigate what one or more of the identities listed above mean to you mean to you. Dive into old and newer techniques, break through the gap between the analog and the digital, from the physical to the conceptual.

CREACT gives you opportunities to expand your network and exhibit. You can use this network
You can use this network to exchange and deepen ideas. Maybe you can combine this project with one of your assignments from the academy?
People from different academies and workshops participate in CREACT. Join us for a visit at
AGA LAB, Amsterdam and Museum Meermanno | House of the Book, The Hague.

The results of CREACT will be shown in two group exhibitions during Grafi ek 2022: at the

Melkfabriek (Den Bosch) and Huis van het boek (The Hague).


If you have missed the deadline AND you are interested in this project, you can contact us via