Frequently asked questions categoried into those by applicants, participants/ finalists and exhibitors of IPEP India portfolio.


What do you mean by ‘Proposal Sketch and Write-up’?
WELL… Unlike most others, IPEP India is a curated print exchange programme. It accepts original ideas based on the given theme only. The ‘Proposal Sketch and Write-up’ is the starting point of a conversation between the artist and curator. A preparatory-sketch covering basic composition and color and few words that capture your initial impression of the theme.

Can my ‘Proposed Sketch’ and final print be different?
MAYBE. But not drastically. Changes may be accomodated, even recommended by the curator. The ‘Proposal Write-up’ evolves most often. Best to discuss this with the curator.

English is not my first language!
NO PROBLEM. You can type in your own language. Online translation tools can help us both to a certain extent. Use simpler and shorter sentences for better translations.

Can I apply with my old/ existing prints?
NO! Because IPEP India works from scratch to develop ideas around a theme given by the curator each year.

Can I apply with my old work that coincidentally reflects the theme?
YES, BUT… If selected your work and print editions should confirm to IPEP India’s format and quantities.

Can I apply with photographic/ digital techniques?
NO! Because IPEP India currently accepts works created with traditional hand-pulled printing techniques.

I am not on any social media, can I still apply?
YES! We understand your privacy concerns, but we expect you to keep us updated over emails. And if you qualify, share with us and allow us to share your photos, name, etc. on our online and offline media.


Can I make more editions than what IPEP requires?
YES. 46 prints go to IPEP India. Extra ones for your personal record can be printed as A/P.

Can I print editions in a different size or lesser quantities than required by the portfolio?
NO! Absolutely not.

Shipping/ posting/ courier is sooo costly!
YUP! Plan well in advance and go for the slowest/ cheapest but reliable option. If you have another participant from your country, clubbing your parcels as one item may save some charges.

My first attempt at shipping failed!
DAMN! Please resend.

I am not sure if I can send my editions in time!
UH OH! Please try your best. Let us know as soon as possible. This leads to further delays in shipping portfolios back to participants.

I am not sure if I can send my editions at all!
HOLY SHEET! Please try your best. Under unavoidable circumstances, let us know as soon as possible. As a rule IPEP India will not entertain further applications from you. Unless you convince us about the gravity of your situation.


I can’t afford galleries or get sponsors!
WAIT! Exhibitions can happen in other places too. IPEP India has had exhibitions in all sorts of places; artists’ own modest homes and studios to biggest, poshest galleries. Institutions, schools, museums, community halls, public spaces, corporate houses, art material industry, etc. are all potential partners. The point is to maximise printmaking’s reach. Just show us a crowd of 40+ lost in our prints.

Do I have to print something for the exhibition?
SOME THINGS. The portfolio already includes prints, labels, introduction to the programme, director’s message, curator’s note, writers’ articles. IPEP India customises digital files for online and offline use for each exhibition in consultation with you and your sponsors/ venue partners. You will have to print physical posters/ banners/ standees, etc. with the files sent to you.

Can I hold an exhibition after the given deadline?
MAYBE. But tomorrow never comes! It makes much more sense to have it within the time it is in news. One could make an exception under difficult circumstances or for fabulous opportunities. In some cases participants have also clubbed more than two portfolios from different years in one exhibition.

Can I organise a workshop/ conference/ lecture/ demonstration/ seminar with the exhibition?
YES! YES!! YES!!! YES!!!!…