Many artists in France and abroad make prints using cardboard matrix.

In order to bring them together and in an effort to make this print approach as widely known as possible, C.E.C, a group of artists, organizes its 1st Biennale of engraved cardboard in parternership with the municipality of Ville d’Avray.

The exhibition will take place from May 12th  to June 06th  2022 at the Entr@cte Gallery, 3-5 rue de Versailles 92410 Ville d’Avray, France

Conditions of participation

° Open to everyone regardless of age or nationality

° You can present up to 2 prints made since 2020 exclusively from cardboard matrix.

Warning : the engraved cardboard can’t be assimilated to collagraphy. Even if you will be able to associate other techniques of engraving (a part of which may be collagraphy) or the printing of digital images, the “cardboard” part will have to take precedence. Similarly, TetraPak, a material of wich cardboard is only on of the constitutive elements, may only be used in a restricted way in the presented works which, as should be reminded, are dedicated to engraved cardboard.

° The selection board reserves the right to refuse works that do not meet these criteria. The jury’s decisions are final.

° The list of selected artists will be published on the site of the biennale and they will receive by email the notification of their selection and the elements necessary for their communication.

°The statutory size of the paper is 20×30 cm, the format of the matrix inside this format remains free. On the back of each work must be indicated:  the name of the artist, the redirection mailing address, the title, the price, the orientation  of the work (up and down).

See the following section for details regarding the presented works.

° In the event of sale the transaction is made in the name of the artist and the  C.E.C does not take a commission from the sale. For foreigner artists CEC will cash the amount of the sale and will transfer such amont via Paypal to the concerned artist.



The theme can be treated in the form of :

  • one or two prints with maximum size 20cmx30cm (prints on paper or other materials)
  • two works forming a diptych,i.e, in total 20cmx60cm or 30x40cm (the diptych must actually be composed of two distinct parts creating a single image).
  • a volume of 30cmx30cm, with a maximun height of 30cm. For this choice of realization it will be imperative to contact the organizers to submit a pre-poject to them.


Two prizes will be awarded by an independent jury with a value of:

Ville d’Avray prize 500€

Engraved cardboard prize 500€

CEC will award two “Blow of heart” prizes : a “Blow of heart” awarded to a French artist and another one to one of the foreign artists. They will receive all the revues of CEC.

Participation fee :

° 35€, payment by Paypal or bank transfer, including the return of works by normal mail ( CEC will not be responsible for loss by mail) or 50 € should be added

for the return of works by mail tracking or registered mail (Paypal, cheque or bank transfer).

The payment by Paypal will be made directly via the website.

For bank transfer, see the information in the registration bulletin to be downloaded from the website

° In the event that the work is not selected, the participation fee will not be refunded.

°Participation in the selection and the event will only be possible after payment of fees.

Registration and sending of works

°By mail, the registration form and the payment must be returned completed before February 27th , 2022 accompanied by a photo of the cardboard matrix and a photo of the artworks proposed for selection at the following email address

Photo format: 150dpi

°Two copies of each work must be sent by post by February 27nd, 2022 to the following address: Pascale Simonet/CEC-  3 allée des Sycomores -92410 –Ville d’Avray- France.

°The selected artists will be notified by mail at the end of March and the complete list will be published on the site of the biennale.

° Any works received, which do not comply with  the regulations (size, technique…) will not be selected and will be returned at the end of the exhibition.

Insurance of works

The works will be insured by CEC from their reception until their return, including throughout the exhibition.


An online catalogue will present the works of selected artists, it will be relaid on the FB page of the group, on several other Facebook pages and on Instagram.

A paper catalogue will be edited and put on sale during the exhibition. Each exhibitor will receive a free copy; however the conditions of sending will be communicated later.

Exhibition of works

° The works will be presented from May 12th to June 14th 2022 at the Entr@cte. The exhibition will be closed during the Ascension week end which is holydays in France, from May Thursday 26th to May Sunday 29th 2022.

  • The artists agree that the hanging will be done without frame but with magnets.

° Artists will be asked, to have to all the extent possible, to be on duty during the exhibition.

Return of works

°The works will be sent back at the latest by the month following the end of the exhibition according to the return method chosen by the artist.

The sold works payment will be made through Paypal within the same deadline.

° In the event where the works shipped were not delivered to the addressee (address error…) and would be returned to C.E.C, they would be reshipped after rectification of the address and payment of new postal costs.


° Registration by mail before February 27th 2022 with a photo of the matrix and the works (definition 150dpi)

° The rules must be signed and sent by email or by postal mail before February 27th 2022 confirmed by the postmark.

°Payment of participation fees before February 27th 2022

°When sending engravings by February 27th 2022 to 3, allée des Sycomores, 92410 Ville d’Avray, France, do not forget to mention “no commercial value” on the package.

°Selection by jury and notification to selected artists at the end of March 2022

° Exhibition at the Entr@cte from May 22nd  to June 14th 2022

°Opening and award ceremony: the date will be communicated later

°Return of works and payment of works sold by the end of July 2022.

Participation to the event implies acceptance of the rules.

The organizers may not be held liable for events which oblige them to postpone the exhibition.

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