State of Print

The State of Print is an Artist Led Nation and it has been a pleasure to be offered citizenship.

SOP is a touring exhibition that questions the nature of states, borders, and reproduction. Each time the state relocates to a new exhibition space it collects ten artists who print ten boxes which are absorbed into the collection. All works respond to the manifesto laid out by the state.


All Manifestos are Useless
All States are Fake
All Images are Made
All Worlds are Invented

Nothing is Original
Nothing is Identical
Nothing is True
Nothing is False

Box installation at the Harrington social space
Box with Jane Elizabeth Bennett’s print

State an Intention
State a Vision
State of Mind
State of Print

box installation University of Central Lancashire social space
Free the Land – John Angus

Press a cause
Press a button
Press a state
Press a Print

Box installation at UCLAN
An evolving visual declaration

Reproduction is Print
Replication is Print
Multiple Print
Original Print

State of Print, Artist Lead Nation box installation at UCLan
State of Print

I am Print
You are Print
We are Print
Mono Print

State of Print
State of Print, Jane Elizabeth Bennett, University of Central Lancashire

‘The  (SOP) is a proposition. An evolving visual declaration initiated by a collective of artists beguiled and amused at the catastrophe of current social-political thinking and the comedy of established systems of governance.

We propose then to cast adrift on a nonsense of our own (print)making – a makeshift non geographical region built upon the flow of ink and a constitutional raft of recycled cardboard. The intention is to explore the current state of nations and the notion that everything that formalises a nation state is printed – money, maps, laws, information, governments, monarchies etc.

The SOP has no boundaries. It has the potential to expand by invitation – with each contributor becoming a citizen of the SOP– and can be reconstituted and reconfigured continually. At a time when the current state of nation power is globally inflexible and dogmatic, this project provides a creative and theoretical antidote to the current paradigm.

Welcome to the State Of Print. (Please have your ID ready for checking)’

The artist lead nation state will be open to visitors from Friday 30th November to 13th December 2018 in Harrington Social Space, University of Central Lancashire and is currently hosted by Artlab Contemporary Print Studios. To read the article in the Lancashire Post click here. 

For more information about the SOP click here.