Centre for Fine Print Research
The high standard and diversity of research in the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) has been recognised by our result in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with 68% of our research activity acknowledged as being in the top two categories of 4* ('world leading') or 3* ('internationally excellent') while 100% of the impact of our research activity was identified as having either outstanding or very considerable impact in terms of its reach and significance. With 100% of eligible staff from the CFPR included in the submission, this confirms us as one of the UK’s leading university research centres in Art and Design and is also reflected in our postgraduate programmes.
Established in 1998, the CFPR conducts internationally acclaimed practical research into the artistic, historical and industrial significance of creative print practices, processes and technologies, involving collaborations with a variety of practitioners, institutions and commercial users. Our research is based on the production of the physical artefact, primarily predicated in print. All aspects of technology that relate to the core philosophy of making are central to this ethos.
This places the CFPR in an unusual position of understanding digital and new media technologies but always relating them to physical output and creativity. The CFPR has maintained and enhanced the quality of its work and built a world-wide reputation for research excellence. Our focus is on the close relationship that exists between technology, ideas and craft skills as understood in a visual environment.
Although our research is primarily initiated from a visual perspective, it is inexorably linked to industrial development and new technologies. By adapting to changing demand in the marketplace and the requirements of the user, we are able to conduct research that has direct application to industry, creative design, science and art.
Our long term vision is to capitalise on our strengths to work in new and innovative ways towards novel surface print, design and fabrication in 2 and 3 dimensions combining a multi-technology approach - using novel materials and processes to push forward new ideas and innovation. Our key research areas are 3D and 2.5D print and fabrication, colour, wide-format print and artists’ publishing.
We are located in Bristol at the Bower Ashton Campus, University of the West of England, within the School of Art and Design.
CFPR and IndustryWe have an outstanding track record in working with industry. Our collaborative projects include Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP's) funded by the Technology Strategy Board, undertaking contract research to solve tricky problems for industry, consultancy projects and supporting start-up businesses.
We are currently working with Hewlett Packard, Denby Pottery, Burleigh Pottery, Bits from Bytes, Renishaw, John Purcell Paper, St Cuthberts Mill, Polycarta, Viridis 3D, Cranfield Colours, Canon, Roland DG, Society of Dyers and Colourists, The British Museum, The Arnolfini, Oce, The National Gallery.
The research team have patented novel ceramic materials which are in the process of commercial exploitation. Find out more.
AcademiaThe Centre for Fine Print Research has links and partnerships with World leading institutions including University of Bristol, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Università Degli Studi Di Milano, Italy, Gjøvik University College Norway. University of Leeds, University of Ulster in Belfast, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Spain, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne France, Pannon University Hungary, AKI (ArtEz) Netherlands. CFPR Editions functions as a publishing studio of limited edition prints and multiples. The studio primarily publishes digital prints using technologies such as inkjet, UV, 3D printing and laser cutting.
The focus on new print technologies in the field of fine art printmaking places CFPR Editions within a unique area of the print publishing art market.