Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

IMPACT Printmaking Conference returns to Bristol

conference announcement: IMPACT 6
venue: bristol council house and CFPR, UWE bristol. With exhibitions across the city.
dates: 16 - 19 September 2009
co-ordintated by: Tortie Rye
The IMPACT 6 website can be found at: www.impact.uwe.ac.uk.

In September 2009 the Centre for Fine Print Research UWE, will be hosting the 6th International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking Conference. The first Impact conference was hosted at UWE in 1999 in association with the Royal West of England Academy and the Southern Graphics Council, USA. The conference was attended by over 450 delegates from more than 25 countries with presentations of academic papers, workshops, print process demonstrations, exhibitions and lectures on a multitude of contemporary and historical print practices.

Since the start of IMPACT in Bristol in 1999 the conference has been held in Finland (2001), South Africa (2003), Germany and Poland (2005) and most recently Estonia (2007). Over the past ten years the conference has attracted increasing numbers of people from Artists’ print practices, Academic and Research Institutions and the Print Industry.
“As we will be celebrating 10 years of IMPACT, we are excited that it is returning to Bristol where it was first conceived,” explains Tortie, co-organiser of the event. “The Centre for Fine Print Research has grown significantly since the first IMPACT in 1999. There are currently 20 members of staff on the research team, including ceramic engineers, colour scientists and 3D designers- all working on aspects of Print.

Following significant expansion of new technologies and the Centre's print facilities, the CFPR will be the perfect place to celebrate the cutting edge of developments in print and the global community built over the last 10 years.”

“IMPACT has become a valuable meeting of individuals with a wide and varied knowledge of Print: from traditional, fine-art based processes through to contemporary work in a digital age, where research within print extends to rapid prototyping 3D printing, laser cutting and the application of print to craft practices such as book arts, ceramics and enamel. A forum so rich in experienced, practicing artists proves to be a continued success as the network of artists, academics, technicians and researchers who participate grows and international relationships multiply.”

“The conference will be held at the Bristol Council House and the Centre for Fine Print Research, School of Creative Arts, UWE. There will also be a number of exhibitions at venues across Bristol, including the Royal West of England Academy.”

Further information about IMPACT 6 can be found on the website; including conference themes and topics, a detailed programme, artists' biographies, and all the necessary information to make delegate’s trips to Bristol comfortable and enjoyable.


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