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Conferences, Symposia and Public events

IMPACT International Conference series

IMPACT stands for 'International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking, Artists, Concepts and Techniques'. The idea for the first IMPACT conference was developed by Richard Anderton and Professor Stephen Hoskins based on their joint visits to the American Southern Graphics Council conferences in the early 90's. They realised there was no international forum specifically for printmakers and created IMPACT - initially based on the Southern Graphics concept but the increasing thrust of IMPACT has been to create an academic forum whilst maintaining a showcase for print practioners.

The IMPACT conference is the CFPR's largest international conference. You can find out about the next conference in Spain - IMPACT 10 - which will be held in September 2018 by visiting the conference website


IMPACT 10 Will take place in Santander Northern Spain - September 2018

Dates:Septemeber 2018

Please make a note in your diary for early September 2018 (final dates to be confirmed) - IMPACT 10 will be going to Spain!

The Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England Bristol, are delighted to be working with and supporting SM Pro Art in the organisation of IMPACT 10 in Spain 2018.

Over the last 16 years, IMPACT has evolved as Europe’s leading academic discourse on printmaking. Printmaking is now integral to the wider academic debate, through practice, theory, visual culture, and is studied across a range of programmes, from undergraduate to PhD.

Spain has a rich cultural printmaking heritage as well as a thriving contemporary printmaking culture. We therefore want to ensure IMPACT 10 will be a visual and dynamic event that includes exhibitions and plenty of opportunities for networking.

The aim of our next IMPACT is to establish better links with Spanish printmakers both in Europe and across South and North America. And in order to do this, we will be introducing bi-lingual presentations in Spanish and English.

The theme of the event will be ENCUENTRO (ENCOUNTER)

- An ENCUENTRO with Spanish printmaking, its history, iconography and identity

- An ENCUENTRO with the future of the printmaking, new directions, identity and diversity

- An ENCUENTRO of languages and cultures

- An ENCUENTRO of styles and techniques

- And… an ENCUENTRO with the city where Impact will take place

In the summer we will announce more details about the final dates for the conferencet http://www.impact10.es

Dates /2018 | Read more - impact10.es/

In September 2009, IMPACT 6 celebrated its 10th Birthday and welcomed over 450 delegates and students from 25 countries - quite an achievement given the economic crisis and Swine Flu epidemic predicted at the time! Visit the IMPACT conference page for a brief history of the conference, find out about future conferences and to view image galleries

Full IMPACT 6 Conference proceedings published by Impact Press, 247 pages.  Available to buy from www.lulu.com/shop Or as an ebook/PDF www.lulu.com/shop

The focus of IMPACT 6 was on the international diversity of the discipline, from its roots in industrial communication through traditional, fine art based processes, to the current cutting edge technology and theoretical debates. The conference was held at the UWE Faculty of Creative Arts - Bower Ashton campus, Bristol City Council House and studios and galleries across Bristo.. Visit the IMPACT 6 website for full details of the last conference or View the IMPACT press release.

Symposia and Public events

Beyond Blue

2014 One day symposium at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
draft program: Download PDF

This symposium brings together leading academic researchers, industry experts and artists to discuss underglaze ceramic printing.



2013 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee hosted a fantastic IMPACT 8 conference in Dundee, Scotland, UK - IMPACT 8 website

Towards a New Ceramc Future, 3D Print Symposia, V&A, London, 17 January 2012
This symposium brought together leading experts in the field of 3D printed ceramics to disseminate recent research findings, share knowledge, and to discuss scope for future developments. The event presented results of the AHRC funded project Solid Free-Form Fabrication in Fired Ceramic.

BABE Artists' Book Event
Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE) is back and bigger than ever for 2013. Spread over three floors, more than 80 artist bookmakers, dealers and small presses from Bristol and around the world will come together at Arnolfini to show and sell their work. BABE provides a relaxed and friendly space to meet and chat to artists about their work and buy works of art. Prices start from just a few pounds.

Bristol Institute of Creative Technologies - 2 day sandpit
Staff at the Centre for Fine Print Research hosted a two-day sandpit as part of the development of the Bristol Institute of Creative Technologies. 12 invited participants from the University of Bristol, Pervasive Media Studio and University of the West of England undertook an intensive collaborative 'live project' to create a ground-breaking tangible/physical object in the area of 'The future of the music industry Bristol Institute of Creative Technologies - 2 day sandpit.

Made in the Future: 3D Printing Demo at the Science Museum, London
Research Fellow in Rapid Prototyping Dr Peter Walters, and new KTP Associate Sophie Adams-Foster along with colleagues from KTP partner Renishaw Plc., took the RapMan 3D printer to participate in the event 'How will stuff be made in the future?', held at the Science Museum in June 2011. They were demonstrating recent research into Edible 3D Printing, by printing sugar icing using the RapMan 3D printer.

3D Print Technologies Symposium and Exhibition:
This symposium brought together 27 key researchers in 3D print technology to discuss current progress of the 3 year AHRC funded large grant project 'The fabrication of 3-dimensional art and craft artefacts through virtual digital construction and output' The Project finished on the 31st December 2009.

Innovation in Enamel Symposium
This symposium addressed the place of enamel in contemporary jewellery practice, celebrating its potential as an exciting and innovative material.

BABE Artists' book Event
The Arnolfini, in collaboration with the Centre for Fine Print Research, held the second Bristol Artists' Book Event at Arnolfini. 83 national and international artists, presses, groups, colleges, publishers and dealers showcased hundreds of artists’ books over the weekend. Exhibitors travelled from as far afield as South Korea, mainland Europe and the USA to take part in BABE. 6,467 visitors came to Arnolfini for the event over the weekend. The next BABE will be held at Arnolfini in April 2011

Symposium: 3D Print Technologies
In June 2008, the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England hosted a symposium focussing on new 3D technologies and their creative application within the Arts and Crafts. The event took place at the University’s School of Creative Arts, Bower Ashton Campus.



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