Open Call for printers and illustrators

Submit to the Surfers Against Sewage print open call


Surfers Against Sewage are working in collaboration with Common Sense Studio and are launching a new open call for all artists/illustrators to submit artwork to be a limited-edition print for 2020.

This amazing project will then announce 20 winning artworks selected from all submissions that will form part of a screen printed exhibition of artworks held at Ocean Studios, Plymouth in December 2019. The 20 selected screen prints will also be part of an online selling/fundraising auction.

From the 20 shortlisted artworks an overall winner will be announced and that print will be used as an SAS official print for next year.


The theme is capturing and communicating the amazing work and inspiring ethos of Surfers Against Sewage over 3 decades.


Submissions for this open call are initially digital. These can be uploaded once a donation of £5 is made via the Common Sense website. This £5 goes towards all the amazing work done by SAS.

Submissions selected by the panel for the final exhibition will be supplied by the artist as a screen print and exhibited as A2.

You can only use up to 2 colours in your final submission.

You will be entering for selection to the online auction, exhibition and official artwork for SAS.

The artwork designed must be able to be printed on paper and textile, so think about that when you are creating your submission.

Important submission information.

To complete your submission to the Open Call, you must upload your artwork through the details emailed to you after donating. For us to be able to enter your submission, your submission-file must comply to the following, :

  • Format: Please ensure that all file uploads are in PDF, Jpeg or PNG format.

  • Named correctly: We need to organise and display work correctly. Your filename should be in the following format

    *If your file is a pdf or a png, you will need to use the correct extension instead of .jpg

  • File size: Please ensure your file is less than 10MB is file size. Dimensions should be no less than 4000 pixels in width at a resolution of 72dpi

  • Donation amount: Please ensure you have donated a minimum of £5.00. Submissions with donations under this amount will not be forwarded to the panel but the donation will still go to Surfers Against Sewage

Very important info! 

If you are one of the 20 selected for the exhibition, your artwork must be presented as a screen print (2 colours max). If you do not have access to a print studio, Common Sense print studio in Plymouth will allow any selected artist 1day FREE studio access to print their submission, subject to availability.

Selection Panel

Surfers Against Sewage

Emma and Laura - Common Sense Studio

John Coe - Pressing Matters Magazine

Lucy Thorman – Director, Circle Contemporary


EXTENDED Deadline for Application – 21st October 2019

Selection event – 23rd October 2019

Winners announced – 1st November 2019

Exhibition & Online Auction - From 10th December 2019

Guidelines, terms and conditions.

  • There is a registration fee of £5 which is donated to SAS to support their great work

  • The artist will get 50% of all sales from the online auction, all other proceeds goes to SAS excluding postage and admin costs.

  • The overall winner from the selected 20 will donate the copyright of the artwork to Surfers Against Sewage, which will go to their great cause in saving the planet!

  • Your work must be new and original for this submission

  • All participants must be of 16 years or older at the time of submission of entries.

  • Entries can be made by an individual or collective.

  • Due to the high number of applications expected, we will be unable to respond to unsuccessful candidates.

  • If your artwork is selected you are responsible for supplying Common Sense Studio with your original screen print artwork in accordance to the install of the show at Ocean Studios.

  • Common Sense Studio can provide 1 day FREE print studio access to any selected artists/illustrator to print their selected artwork ready for the exhibition.

  • Not included are inks, screens and any other materials.

  • Artwork/images supplied to us for this open call may be used for publicity purposes, you will always be credited by Common Sense Studio if we use your image.

  • Any points not addressed above please contact commonsensestudiouk@gmail.com

Sponsored by.

Ocean Studios 


Who is Surfers Against Sewage?

Surfers Against Sewage is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
— www.sas.org.uk/about-us/mission-vision