Awagami International Miniprint Exhibition "AIMPE" will be accepted from May 1 - July 31, 2021. Further information shall be posted momentarily - thank you for your interest.

AIMPE 2013 was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Awagami’s Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper.

In 2019, we mark the 30th anniversary of Awagami's 'Hall of Awa Japanese Paper Museum' by hosting AIMPE 2019.

Both Japanese and International artists are all invited to enter prints to AIMPE ‘19. Prizewinning works will be awarded as a result of skilled multi-level jurying. These prints shall be notably exhibited in Awagami’s Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper Museum.

The purpose of this exhibition is to introduce ‘washi’; Japan's traditional handmade paper (and cultural treasure) to international printmakers. In so doing, we are pleased to provide an opportunity for artists to exhibit their prints and to promote expressionistic fine art printmaking.

This year, award-winning works will be displayed within Awagami’s Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper Museum. All other prints will be displayed in Awagami’s spacious post-industrial gallery “Inbe Art Space”. Award-winning prints from prior years will be displayed at satellite venues in Japan. Additionally, an exhibition of commissioned works by printmakers hailing from both Japan and the US entitled “Awagami and Print Expression” will be held concurrently at Inbe Art Space.

All artists are invited to submit works to the AIMPE exhibition and we look forward to receiving a great number of wonderful miniprints. During the AIMPE exhibition, printmaking specialists and selected artists will conduct workshops and print-related symposiums at the exhibition sites.

1) Artists are invited to submit their miniprints created on Japanese washi paper --- washi has recently been designated as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage craft.

There are several varieties of washi paper made in Japan and artists are encouraged to use any type of washi paper (it does not only have to be only Awagami washi).

2) Digital (Inkjet/Giclee) prints on washi will also be accepted into AIMPE 2019.
3) Prize money totaling over one million yen (approx. US $10,000) + many valuable washi prizes will be awarded.

Grand Prize (1) 300,000 yen
Runner-up Prize (1) 100,000 yen
Excellence Prizes (5) 50,000 yen
Awagami Factory Prizes (3) 30,000 yen (Digital inkjet prints)
Yoshinogawa City Mayoral Prize (1) 30,000 yen
Minoru Fujimori Prize (1) 30,000 yen
Jury Prizes (several) 10,000 yen

4) All miniprints entered will be exhibited.

Prizewinning works will be awarded as a result of skilled multi-level jurying. These prints shall be notably exhibited in Awagami's Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper Museum. All other miniprints will be exhibited in Awagami's neighboring post-industrial gallery –“Inbe Art Space”. Winning works from the previous two AIMPE exhibitions will be displayed at satellite venues around the city.

5) The first 500 artists registered by May 31 will receive a free sample pack of Awagami washi papers suitable for printmaking.

This offer is on a first-come-first-served basis, so if no package arrives within 2 weeks of paying the participation fee, kindly understand that the limit has likely been reached (there will be no e-mail notification of shipment).
The sample pack contains several A4-sized sheets of “Awagami Editioning” washi papers. The included sheets represent a wide range of Awagami printmaking washi with various surface textures, tones and weights.
If you cannot find washi paper locally, the Awagami Printmaking Paper Sample Pack is available online here.

Submission Period May 1 (Wed) to July 31 (Wed), 2019
Jury Announcement Results will be posted on this website, and winners will be notified personally.
Exhibition October 5 (Sat) to November 10 (Sun), 2019
Venue The Hall Awa Japanese Handmade Paper
Kawahigashi 141, Yamakawa-cho, Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima 779-3401  [ Map ]
Host Awagami's “The Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper” Museum, Inbe no Sato Regional Revitalization Executive Committee
Cooperation Yoshinogawa City Chamber of Commerce, Awa Handmade Paper Industrial Cooperative, Fuji Paper Mills Cooperative
Assistance TBA
Sponsors TBA
(not final)(names are listed in no particular order)
  Chairman Yoichi Fujimori (Director, Awagami Factory)
  Member Keisei Kobayashi (Printmaker)
  Member Tetsuo Miki (Director, Hyogo Museum of Ceramic Art)
  Member Mitsuru Hiraki (Printmaker)
  Member Hideki Kimura (Printmaker)
  Member Toshio Takeuchi (Senior Curator, Tokushima Modern Art Museum)
  Member Yoshitaka Muya (Lifestyle and Culture Department Chief, Tokushima Shimbun)
  Adviser Fumiaki Fukita (Printmaker)