Optimism • Action • Common Purpose

What could hope and commitment look like, through the printmaker’s eye?
Is it possible that the power of common action and our collective voice could overtake the current trajectory and lead us together, in the restoration of a thriving, healthy planet?
The Inaugural 2022 Common Ground Print Prize seeks answers.
Statement of Purpose:

The Common Ground Print Prize is a collective, creative response to the environmental crisis that we all face. The aim of the Prize is to fuel stubbornly optimistic action and a renewed vision for a thriving, healthy planet.

Artists are invited to create prints that tap into the power of common action and collective voice, inspiring hope and unyielding commitment to a sustainable future.

The $1000 non-acquisitive Common Ground Print Prize will be awarded to the single winning entry that responds in the most evocative way to the Common Ground Print Prize Statement of Purpose. The winning entry will be determined by a panel of judges from the fields of fine arts and environmental sustainability.

Key dates:
  •  Entries open – 15th November 2021
  •  Deadline for submissions – 7th February 2022
  •  Shortlisted artists notified – 1st March 2022
  •  Shortlisted works delivery deadline – 1st April 2022
  •  Opening celebration and announcement of winners – 22nd April 2022



We are excited to announce the judges for the 2022 prize.

AVIVA REED, ALEX KELLY and JODI NEWCOMBE have kindly volunteered their time to support our new initiative and are the confirmed judging panel for the inaugural COMMON GROUND Print Prize. Thank you Aviva, Aex and Kelly! 


Aviva Reed is a trans-disciplinary visual ecologist. Her practice reframes scientific theories of evolution and ecological categorisations and moves between performance, ritual, lecture, writing and visual art. Aviva is a core member of the Small Friends Books team (published by CSIRO Publishing), as well as co-designer and facilitator of workshops inspired by these award-winning publications.  Aviva presents workshops using techniques such as art making, storytelling, and hands on ecoliteracy to explore complexity. She is currently embarking on a PhD at La Trobe University reframing ecology through practice based research.


Alex Kelly is an artist, filmmaker, producer and activist based on Dja Dja Wurrung land, ‘Australia’. Working across film, theatre, communications strategy and troublemaking, Alex purposefully connects the disciplines of art and social change. Producer of award-winning documentaries Island of the Hungry Ghosts and In My Blood it Runs, with production roles on Ngapartji Ngapartji and This Changes Everything Alex has been supported by the Churchill, Bertha and Sidney Myer fellowships. Alex’s current work The Things We Did Next is a hybrid of theatre, imagination and democracy.


Jodi Newcombe is a creative producer and strategic designer focused on facilitating a cultural shift towards environmental stewardship through cross-disciplinary partnerships and initiatives. Over the past decade through Carbon Arts, Jodi has initiated and led a diverse portfolio of public art programs, commissions, research initiatives to spark engagement in and deepen conversation around food systems, river ecology, built environment, energy use and generation. Jodi is also a co-founder of Castlemaine Institute, a knowledge hub for regional, regenerative futures.