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Current News at the CFPR

April 2018

Job opportunity at the Centre for Fine Print Research

The Centre for Fine Print Research is seeking to recruit a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with experience of robotics, mechatronics or control system engineering. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team working on cutting-edge research on the EPSRC funded project Woodbury and Lippmann: A new approach to continuous tone and full colour non-impact printing. The role will include writing software controlling print heads, printing speed and substrate speed, designing speciality print platforms, designing and sourcing specialist printer parts, documenting the tests undertaken, collating data and analysing results. The successful candidate will support the project lead, Dr. Klein, in writing outputs and will be expected to give presentations at conferences and other public facing events in their own right. The project is supported by a full-time technician and travel in the UK and overseas is an integral part of the role.

Deadline: Thursday 24th May - interviews to be held Thursday 7th June.
Fixed term period: 4 years and 6 months
Salary band: F - £28,936 - £32,548
Search reference number 723780 at www.uwe.ac.uk/jobs
April 2018

You Are Here
An exhibition celebrating the Bristol Legible City project

25 Apr - 17 Jun 2018
At The Architecture Centre, Narrow Quay BS1 4QA

Dr Peter McCallion has been working with the Bristol Legible City project on the You Are Here exhibition which tells the story of Bristol Legible City from its inception over 20 years ago to current research and development testing out future ideas for the project. From co-production with communities, promoting open-source data, tactile mapping and 3D printing through to more traditional paper-based trails, there are lots of intriguing and creative plans in development to help everyone enjoy and explore the city.

On 23 May join Professor Carinna Parraman (Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol), Rosie Poebright (Splash & Ripple) and Mike Rawlinson (City ID) to find out how they are working with the Bristol Legible City project to help develop and integrate innovative research, art and technologies to help map the city.


April 2018

Discover more about the Summer Book Arts and Printmaking Institute

When: Wednesday 23rd May 2018, (18:00 – 20:00)
Where: Library Exhibition Space, City Campus, Bower Ashton, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT

This year we have new Summer School programmes on offer at the Centre for Fine Print Research, ranging from 1-day workshops to 5-day intensive Masterclasses.

  • Our courses are challenging and fun packed, visual and tactile and will introduce you to new method and materials.
  • The time you invest in our courses will benefit your creative practice in the future through learning new skills and technologies and providing a strongly supportive environment for your development.
  • We are based in the beautiful Bower Ashton Studios which have state-of-the-art facilities located next to the Ashton Court park.
  • Come along and meet us to find out more about our exciting courses that give you access to our world-leading researchers and practitioners.

Please REGISTER to confirm your place. For more information contact:

Ellen Parkes, Professional Development and Apprenticeships Manager
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83671
Email: ellen.parkes@uwe.ac.uk
Summer Book Arts and Printmaking Institute Brochure: http://www.uwe.ac.uk/sca/research/cfpr/courses/cpdcourses/CFPRSummer2018.pdf

Please Note:
Parking is available in the Ashton Court car park, which is a short walk from the event venue.

March 2018

Sharing technology with the arts and museum sector - Civilisations at BBC

Centre for Fine Print Research PhD student, Xavier Aure, has been working with Bristol Museum to scan a Divination Bowl from their collection and create a 3D model for the new BBC Two Civilisations series. The artefact can also be found on the BBC Civilisations Augmented Reality app which features artefacts from museums around the UK.

Xavier is undertaking a full-time PhD funded by the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Awards Scheme in partnership with the National Gallery. His research aims to address the gap between traditional analogue skills and knowledge in the newly emerging digital 2.5D and 3D image capture technology field exploring the potential for innovative and creative applications in the cultural heritage field.

March 2018

Integrating Design with Sustainable Technology

Centre for Fine Print Research PhD student, Sophie Zajicek, has had a poster accepted by the 91st Textile Institute World Conference 2018 which takes place 23rd - 26th July at the School of Design, University of Leeds. Sophie will present on her research exploring how industry and technologists can utilise the unique craft knowledge of weavers.

Sophie is undertaking a full-time PhD funded by the AHRC. Her research study focuses on 3D manufacturing technology to create aesthetic, functional and sustainable woven materials for the 21st century.

January 2018

Job opportunity for a Research Technician

We are seeking a Research Technician to work in the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol as part of the EPSRC funded project Woodbury and Lippmann: A new approach to continuous tone and full colour non-impact printing.

A historic development, the CMYK halftone process and the ruled glass screen patented by Frederick Ives, has led to the reproduction of almost all present day images as pixelated CMYK prints. Historic processes, such as those invented by Woodbury and Lippmann produce prints far superior to anything which is commercially available at the present time. Those processes have been largely forgotten as they were not commercially competitive. This project aims to lift those technologies from obscurity to the forefront of modern developments. The new incarnations of old printing technologies will allow production of high quality prints for advertising, packaging, fashion and, at the same time, include impossible to replicate security features.

Initially this post will help to set up the laboratory space and equipment have responsibility for the smooth running of the lab. The research technician will undertake physical modification of the printers and run these within Health and Safety regulations, source and order parts, consumables, chemicals and materials keeping accurate financial records.

The successful candidate will require engineering experience or training (which will be provided if necessary) and will be trained in the daily maintenance and risk requirements which will be provided by the university. The project will include trips to visit partners and research facilities.

The post is based at the Bower Ashton Campus and the salary band is £25,728 - £28,936

Closing date for applications is 4 March 2018 at 11.59 pm.

Interviews week commencing 19 March 2018.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity search job Ref:1712731

For an informal discussion please contact Susanne Klein on 07816 142789 or email: Susanne.Klein@uwe.ac.uk

December 2017

Dr Paul Laidler working at the University of Texas as part of a guest artist in printmaking residency

In January 2018 Dr Paul Laidler will be working at the University of Texas at Austin as part of a guest artist in printmaking residency. Dr Laidler will be producing printed artworks that will continue his investigations into post-digital narratives within graphic arts practice. The residency also includes lectures and tutorials with undergraduate and graduate UT students who are exploring digital processes in their studio practice. These discussions will contribute to a print exchange with UWE students and continue Dr Laidler’s curated exhibition entitled Looking Through the Eyes of Machines as students.

The residency co-insides with the annual Print Austin event where Dr Laidler will be contributing to a panel discussion on the future of printmaking – with an emphasis on the supplemental use of digital technologies. Presenters will include Professor Lari Gibbons (Associate Professor of Art, University of North Texas; Director of PRINT Press), Professor R. Eric McMaster (Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin; Manager, Digital Fabrication Lab), Evelyn Contreras (graduate student, University of Texas at Austin) and myself. The panel will be moderated by Professor Jason Urban (Senior Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin). Each of the panel members will discuss their practice and thoughts on a Post-digital landscape where digital technologies have become a familiar backdrop in a larger conversation. Questions such as how are artists (and institutions) adapting traditional analog-maker approaches within a technologically informed scene, and to what degree are new technologies being successfully utilized – or in what way does the technology fall short of expectations?

The University of Texas at Austin will also be hosting Dr Laidler’s curated exhibition Just Press Print that has been touring around Universities in the USA between 2016 – 2018. Institutions include, the School of Art Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State; University of Utah, Salt Lake City and University of Wisconsin Madison before finishing at University of Texas at Austin in 2018.

December 2017

Associate Professor Susanne Klein to give a talk on Woodburytype and Lippmann Photography

Associate Professor Susanne Klein has been invited to give a talk on Woodburytype and Lippmann Photography: From history to future and beyond At The Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership (ECFP) at the University of Edinburgh

30th of April 2018, at 1pm

The mission of the ECFP is to advance and innovate complex fluid design and processes through scientific excellence. They endeavour to improve product performance, the consumer experience and help companies switch to more sustainable resources and more efficient processes.

December 2017

Dr Paul Laidler invited to be the first international juror for the 5th annual contemporary print exhibition

Dr Paul Laidler was recently invited to be the first international juror for the 5th annual contemporary print exhibition hosted by Print Austin in Texas, USA. The international exhibition addresses the traditions and innovations within contemporary Printmaking and received over eight hundred and fifty submissions for the 2018 exhibition. Dr Laidler reviewed a high caliber of entries before selecting thirty artists for the final show. The prints will be exhibited at the O2 Gallery (at Flatbed Press Headquarters) in Austin, Texas between 20th January and 17th February 2018. Dr Laidler will be attending the exhibition on the 25th January and would like to extend his congratulations to the selected artists:

Diana Behl, Myles Calvert, Lauren Cardenas, Jonas Criscoe, Dylan DeWitt, Justin Diggle, Orna Feinstein, Justyne Fischer, Juan Garcia, Logan Hill, Mark Hosford, Ross Hutchinson, James Janecek, Ann Marie Kennedy, Haley Lauw, Colin Lyons, Kate MacNeil, Nathan Meltz, Kristin Powers Nowlin, Sumi Perera, Alan Pocaro, Nicole Polonsky, Kasey Rameriz, Allison Rosh, Lilah Shepherd, Angela Sneider, Ryan Standfest, Eszter Sziksz, Anna Trojanowska, and Art Werger.

December 2017

UWE Bristol Fellowship to combine traditional printing methods with cutting-edge technology

A T-shirt print capable of warning its wearer when dangerous chemicals are in the air, and pharmaceutical packaging with ink signifying when pills are counterfeit are just two ideas likely to emerge from a new research project involving the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and a leading scientist and print industry expert. Starting in January 2018 at UWE Bristol's Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), a five-year £1.5m project funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) will combine elements from 19th century reprographic methods used in security printing with modern day techniques. This is set to give rise to a new design of print head for commercial printers, development of the next generation of inks with distinctive properties and new ways of printing.

The Manufacturing Fellowship grant from EPSRC has been awarded to Dr Susanne Klein, making her the first woman to receive it since its launch in 2012. Dr Klein is a renowned expert in the fields of physics and material science and previously held a senior research position at Hewlett Packard. For the research, Dr Klein will set up a laboratory in and collaborate with the CFPR. The research will combine the CFPR's knowledge of traditional photomechanical printing methods, such as Lippmann and Woodbury, and re-adapt the techniques for use on a 2.5D printer, which creates texture as part of an image on a substrate.

Using her expertise in colloidal chemistry (working with particles suspended in a solution), and liquid crystals, Klein will also develop specialist inks that can change colour in certain environments. Such properties could mean a T-shirt print might be able to detect chemicals in the environment that have a proven link to cardiovascular disease, and change colour to warn the wearer. Similar ink on the garment could also react to heat and change colour when the wearer has spent a long time in the sun.

Smart inks could also help manufacturers trace a product as it passes through the supply chain, or curb counterfeiting.

Dr Klein said, “There are lots of problems with counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals and sometimes products are found to be counterfeited where the packaging is identical to the original. We will produce packaging with printing ink that will change colour every time it passes through and is authorised at a different stage on its way to the customer.

“Another application could be in the case of food that needs to remain cold in its packaging. The technology could lead to labels that react to heat, switch to another colour if they have warmed and stay that colour.” The UWE Bristol research is likely to impact the printing industry, although this is not a change that will happen immediately, said Klein: “The printing landscape is changing and I think our research will contribute to that, but the industry is traditional with its own way of doing things, and no big printer will make any radical changes. Our plan is to feed in little advances, bit by bit, so that commercial printers can adapt slowly to new technologies.” The funding will provide £300,000 per year for five years to the University and Klein will set up a team comprising a post-doctorate student and a technician to work with the CFPR to develop this new printing approach. Professor Carinna Parraman, Director of the CFPR said, “We are honoured to receive this grant, in a context that is unprecedented nationally in an art school environment. This is a unique opportunity to pair an experienced material scientist, coming into academia with industrial and manufacturing process knowledge and skills, with the CFPR's expertise in photomechanical processes invented in the 19th century.”

December 2017

Miniture Print Exhibition 2017

The 32nd annual exhibition of 30 new miniature prints for 2017 is on now at Arnolfini's cafe bar until 24th December 2017. These limited edition prints are for sale at £18 each as a fundraiser for the MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking degree show.

Please come along to the Private View on Thursday 7th December from 5-7pm (Arnolfini bar is open until 10pm)
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, UK. www.arnolfini.org.uk
With many thanks to our sponsors: Arnolfini, John Purcell Paper and UWE, Bristol

December 2017

Guest Lecturing at the Royal Academy of Art and Design (KADK) in Denmark.

CFPR Senior Research Tavs Jorgensen has just returned from a week’s guest lecturing at the Royal Academy of Art and Design (KADK) in Denmark. The lecturing was undertaken on the specialist Glass and Ceramics School on the Baltic Island of Bornholm. The focus of the project was digital design and fabrication which included explorations with photogrammetry, digital origami and ceramic 3D printing. The project also involved Dr Fleming Tvede Hansen, who is a one leading researchers from KADK’s main campus in Copenhagen.

December 2017

Dr Paul Laidler to give talk at the Post-digital printmaking, Redefinition of print Conferencein, Poland

In December Dr Paul Laidler will be attending and speaking at the Post-digital printmaking. Redefinition of print Conference in Poland. The conference is hosted at the Faculty of Graphics and Media Art, The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. The conference is a continuation of the numerous events related to the post-digital aspects in printmaking organized by the Wrocław School of Printmaking. In 2015 Dr Laidler exhibited the Print is Dead series as part of the academies exhibition entitled Post-digital printmaking. Redefinition of the Concept of Matrix. This year Dr Laidler will be discussing the Looking Through the Eyes of Machines project, an inquiry that will begin mapping a Post-digital response to making within the Graphic Arts.

Eugeniusz Geppert Academy Conference Call:
Printmaking was always based on experiment. Sensitive to new trends, Printmakers have never been afraid to integrate innovation into their field. This attribute remains symptomatic also in post-digital era when Printmakers are still eager for new technologies. As a result, this discipline is still alive and vigorous. Though evolving into the unknown, leaving many question marks on its path, it can be seen that the digital revolution has not destroyed the printing tradition.

November 2017

Creative Economy Engagement Postdoctoral Fellowships

The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training is a partnership between UWE Bristol, Plymouth and Falmouth creating a new generation of researchers in digital design, digital media and digital art. We have been awarded 6 AHRC-funded Creative Economy Postdoctoral Fellowships from the National Productivity Investment Fund to begin on 1 January 2018. These fellowships are open to post-doctoral applicants who comply with the ARHC’s definition of an Early Career Researcher, found here. The fellowships will be 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time on a salary scale of £32,644-£38,947.

There are two proposed fellowship posts based with the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR):

Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship to Create Realistic Physical Models for Simulated Medical Training

The Bristol Medical Simulation Centre (BMSC) established in 1997, is a state-of the art training centre for medical staff including surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and other specialists which provides a healthcare environment using human patient simulators (physical manikins) and equipment.

The successful candidate will be based at the CFPR working in our fully equipped 3D print lab and will be supervised by Dr Peter Walters and David Huson. The team will collaborate with the BMSC to design, fabricate and test a realistic proof-of-concept human patient simulator with sufficiently realistic tactile and physical properties for surgical simulation. Its design requires an artistic, aesthetic approach derived from sculpture/creative model-making as well as technical knowledge and skills in design and digital fabrication. After a period of intensive training, the fellow will be build, test and evaluate a prototype. If successful, this pilot project has strong potential to attract further funding (e.g. National Institute for Health Research/Wellcome Trust) to develop commercial applications.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a suitable field and technical knowledge and hands-on skills in design and digital fabrication (CAD, 3D printing and/or CNC Milling).

Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship for Tactile Maps for a Legible Bristol

In 1996, Bristol Legible City was conceived by the City Council to improve people's understanding and navigation of the city. Bristol Legible City projects include visitor information, on-street city and area information panels and printed walking maps. City ID are urbanists, planners and designers with a global reputation for improving the legibility and experience of cities and transport systems.

The successful candidate will be based at the CFPR working in our fully equipped colour and print studio and supervised by Professor Carinna Parraman. The fellow will work with Nat Roberton of Bristol Legible City in consultation with City ID and the Royal National Institute of Blind People to explore tactile maps and digital methods to enhance navigation around Bristol. The fellow will undertake experiments into fabrication methods to create tactile taxonomies and map prototypes for the visually impaired that can be cheaply produced using recycled paper, but robust enough to incorporate Braille dots and raised textured symbols. The project will be of direct use in the city of Bristol but has potential to create a model for other cities and commercialise tactile products and services that can be scaled to museums or other public spaces.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a suitable field and technical knowledge and skills in design, computer-based modelling and CNC rapid prototyping technology.

The fellows will be mentored by senior academics within those centres and enjoy the stimulus and support of a community of researchers.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to become part of an innovative and cutting-edge cohort of researchers dedicated to reshaping industrial technologies and processes and the creative economy through innovative research.

Applications and further information

The deadline for applications is 5.00 pm on Thursday 16 November 2017. Interviews will be held in Plymouth on 30 November 2017. Applications should be sent to 3D3@uwe.ac.uk
Full details of these fellowships and an application form can be found on http://3d3research.co.uk/information/npif-fellowships-general-information-open/

October 2017

What is the Value of Design to the City?

CFPR PhD student Ellen Hughes joins Jon Dovey, Merle Hall, Mike Harvey, Glenn Parry, Nat Roberton, Gavin Strange and Anita Taylor to give a presentation at the Festival of the Future City 2017, part of Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Thu 19 October 2017, 19:30-21:00
Venue Arnolfini
Free, but booking required

Design is at the core of our UK economy. It is integral to a diversity of commercial activity in Bristol and the region in its role as a process for creativity, innovation and problem solving and as means of communication. But who are the designers who live and work in our city? Why is the region a dynamic and creative hotspot? Why does design happen here?

October 2017

Can Ceramics make a difference? At the Ceramics Values Conference 5-6 October 2017

Can Ceramics make a difference? At the Ceramics Values Conference 5-6 October 2017, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Stoke-on-Trent

CFPR’s Dr Tavs Jorgensen will present on Jugstrusions: Technological (in)determinism and the value of material knowledge. Alison Howell (Burgess and Leigh Ltd) will talk about working with Burleigh and the Centre for Fine Print Research as part of a KTP project: How an academic-industry partnership can work to both innovate and preserve traditional ceramic processes. Can Ceramics make a difference? (5-6 October 2017) is the culmination of Ceramics and its Dimensions , an initiative involving 19 European partners. The Congress, led by Ulster University, aims to add to the debate about the value and role of ceramics in society and will present the full range of in-depth findings of the project’s 10 module teams since 2015.

It will examine the relationship between historic centres of manufacture and contemporary centres of learning, production and consumption. Representatives from all of the Ceramics and its Dimensions partners will be present and contribute to Congress proceedings. The Congress will take place on the occasion of the 5th British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent and sessions will be held at both the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and the BCB’s former Spode site. The Congress is free and open to all. We look forward to welcoming you to Stoke on Trent. You can choose to register for the whole Congress or select particular days.

September 2017

Book before September 30th to get Super Early Bird price for IMPACT 10 Printmaking Conference

Book before September 30th to get Super Early Bird price for IMPACT 10

You can find further information abot the conference on thier website.

You can also follow the conference organisers on twitter @Impact10tweets

September 2017

Make:Shift:Do 2017 – open doors at the Centre for Fine Print Research

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October 2017

Centre for Fine Print Research
University of the West of England
Bristol School of Art and Design
Bower Ashton Campus
Kennel Lodge Road, Off Clanage Road
Bristol BS3 2JT

Come along for an introduction to the Centre for Fine Print Research to explore our research labs, find out about some of research projects and take part in free workshops.

We will have demonstrations of:

3D printing with our robotic arm.
A tentacle- like 'smart puppet; made with smart materials and with flex sensor controller.
A prototype small robot that can draw and paint with inhuman speed.

Meet some of researchers and find out about:

A project to investigate methods for the fabrication of bespoke, patient specific support pads in auxetic foams which will provide improved fit and load distribution for patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

A 3D print process based upon historic Egyptian Faience techniques.

CFPR Editions

2.5D Vector Driven printing - beginning with a re-appraisal of the 19th century continuous tone printing technologies that influenced the development of colour imaging for the inkjet printing industry, our researchers are investigating moving beyond the ubiquitious flat inkjet surface to more dynamic textures and surface effects.

Workshops – these are free to attend but places are limited:

The other way to print into glass
Shape and print into glass with normal household items at room temperature. This method has its origins in 3D printing but instead of using a 3D printer explore digital methods by creating printing plates with a laser cutter or a CNC mill to print into a glass dough. Finished artwork will be fired in a kiln and turned into solid glass. Suitable for all ages and all the ingredients are harmless. The whole process is very tactile and leads to great results for even the most inexperienced participants. The fired items will be posted to participants the following week.

Cyanotype printing (akaBlueprints)
Cyanotype is photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide and works by placing objects directly onto coated paper and allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect then developing the print.

From CMYK to RGB - Saturday 28th October 2017 only
For over a century, commercial printers and artists have sought to colour separate pictures using half toning methods and process colours of cyan, magenta, yellow and black to reproduce full colour prints. New developments in inks and pigments have turned this idea around and we can now print on black paper using red, green and blue inks. This may well sound impossible, but the results are remarkable. We will run a one day workshop on how to print with RGB pigments.

Please book in advance by emailing cfprinfo@uwe.ac.uk – tell us which day(s) you wish to attend and whether or not you wish to attend any of the workshops. Please note children must be accompanied at all times when visiting us.

Make:Shift:Do is a nationwide programme of craft and innovation workshops taking place on 27 and 28 October 2017

August 2017

David Huson has been invited to present on 3D Printing technologies for Ceramics Conservation

David Huson has been invited to present on 3D Printing technologies for Ceramics Conservation At the Icon Ceramics and Glass Group Conference
At the Magdalen College, Oxford
September 7th and 8th 2017

This conference has a dynamic programme of speakers from venues such as the Hermitage, Metropolitan Museum, the Australian War Memorial and the Smithsonian Museum


August 2017

CFPR Editions at Affordable Art Fair in Bristol

CFPR Editions are excited to be exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol between 7 - 10 September 2017 at Brunel's Old Station. Come and see us at stand B3. We will be showing new editions by Paul O'Dowd and Ian Chamberlain and also doing demonstrations using our drawing robot, painting machine and a 3D printer.




August 2017

Professor Stephen Hoskins giving presentation in Norway

Professor Stephen Hoskins is giving a presentation at the event Printing, design, colour: historical perspectives on Thursday 31st August at the Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory and the Department of Design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


June 2017

Associate Professor in Printing and New Materials

Salary band: £48,327 - £57,674

Deadline: 10 July 2017

The Centre for Fine Print Research is seeking to appoint an Associate Professor to join our community of innovative thinkers, researchers and practitioners. Founded on our rich heritage and expertise in: inks and paper, 19th century photomechanical printing, colour, 2D - 3D printing, the Centre for Fine Print Research undertakes ground-breaking research at the interface between digital and analogue methods to create printed artefacts. We are looking for an ambitious multi-disciplinary Associate Professor who can take on the challenge of working across digital and analogue technologies, through the development of new, emerging and traditional materials.

We welcome submissions from researchers working in engineering, industry, science, or fabrication technologies, who are seeking to explore new opportunities in a different environment. This may include functional materials, polymers or metals, those who are working at the interface between software and hardware for colour and printing, for 2D, 2.5D and 3D printing.

With the support of senior staff the postholder will provide inspiration, leadership and strategic direction for the growth and reputational profile of the Centre for Fine Print Research’s portfolio of research, knowledge exchange, post-graduate teaching, PhD supervision and scholarship through their developing contribution to our collective endeavours. As a core part of the Centre’s leadership team, they will be contributing to the definition of research for the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers.

The post-holder must demonstrate evidence of the impact of their research in the last 5 years outside of academia, have very high quality REF ready outputs, have a track record of securing grants, and have evidence of being able to manage people, partners and budgets on funded projects.

A Doctoral degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience is an essential requirement.

You will be required to actively promote projects through symposia, workshops, lectures, publications and other external facing events.

Further information about the Centre for Fine Print Research can be found at http://www.uwe.ac.uk/sca/research/cfpr

This post is not suitable for job share but we will consider exceptional cases

Other benefits, in addition to salary:

• a generous holiday allowance of 35 Days

• up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;

• flexible working;

• excellent defined benefit pension schemes;

• option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;

• family friendly policies;

• onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus;

• option to purchase childcare vouchers.

This post is primarily based at UWE’s Bower Ashton Campus in Bristol city centre, although some travel will be required. For further information please go to uwe.ac.uk/jobs and search using Job Refence:1653204

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Professor Carinna Parraman on 0117 3285806 or email to: Carinna.Parraman@uwe.ac.uk.

May 2017

Robots and Drawing

Robots and Drawing At the Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX

On 3 June 2017, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Free with exhibition entry and suitable for all ages.

Join Paul O’Dowd, Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol, for a short talk, in the Drawing Lab, about how science and art come together when studying drawing with robots. Paul will bring along a small robot that can draw and paint with inhuman speed. Free with exhibition entry. Suitable for both adults and families with children.



May 2017

12 National Productivity Investment Fund PhD studentships – October 2017

The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training – a partnership between UWE Bristol, Plymouth and Falmouth – has been awarded 12 fully-funded PhD studentships from the National Productivity Investment Fund to begin on 1 October 2017. The studentships cover fees plus an annual maintenance award of £14,553. The award is for 3.5 years full-time but it is possible to study part-time.

Each studentship is a collaboration between one of the three universities’ research centres and an industrial partner that guarantees training and access to facilities, a variety of internships/placements and in some instances co-supervision. All students will be part of an interdisciplinary Design Futures Lab.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to become part of an innovative and cutting-edge cohort of researchers dedicated to reshaping industrial technologies and processes through embedded practice-based research. The following projects are with the Centre for Fine Print Research:

Revitalising a Victorian Underglaze Print Archive

User-Centred Design to Investigate Auxetic Support Pads for Load Alleviation in Multiple Sclerosis Patients

The Development of Creative Human Computer Interfaces (HCI)

Movement and Metrology

An Investigation into Alternatives to Pixel Based Colour Rendering using a Digitally Driven Physical Mark Making Process

The deadline for applications is 19 June and interviews will be held in Bristol on 10/11 July. Full details of these studentships can be found on http://3d3research.co.uk/

April 2017

CFPR Are Recruiting

We are recruiting for a Senior Lecturer in Design based in the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at UWE Bristol and to join us in the Centre for Fine Print Research, a community of bold thinkers, in an environment where art and science meet technology and business.

This post is 50:50 between research and teaching and is focused on teaching and supporting students on the MA Design, and on developing, conducting and publishing research, working within the Centre for Fine Print Research. The postholder will be part of an interdisciplinary team developing a portfolio of pure research funding bids for research leading to internationally important research outputs across the following key research themes:

1. Colour and 2.5D printing to build on the Centre for Fine Print Research’s international reputation in the field of computational colour science and physical alternatives to digital halftoning.

2. ‘3D printing’ including our patented research into 3D printed ceramics, this area has enormous potential to expand into related industrial disciplines, building on our international reputation in the discipline.

3. Printmaking beyond the surface – this theme covers our practice-led research and collaboration with international artists. Research into alternative photomechanical print methods is an integral part of this area

Information for applicants and full details on how to apply can be found at uwe.ac.uk/jobs - search using vacancy reference number 1637671. The closing date for applications is 23 April 2017.

April 2017


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BABE: Bristol Artists Book Event April 2017

Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini
Saturday 1st April & Sunday 2nd April 2017
11am - 6pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday

Save the date: Arnolfini and The Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE, Bristol, are very pleased to announce the 6th Bristol Artist’s Book Event (BABE) at Arnolfini, come and celebrate our 10-year anniversary with us.

Stands will be in the galleries and auditorium space of Arnolfini plus a programme of talks, workshops and tours over the weekend - Not to be missed!

event 2017

UWE Bristol Talks at the Arnolfini - Professor Stephen Hoskins and Roger Conlon : Tacit Knowledge

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Are we in danger of losing the relationship between materials and making? If so, how does this affect our access to creativity and our understanding of visual language? UWE Bristol Professor Stephen Hoskins and Roger Conlon explore ideas about ‘making’ with reference to art and design research, teaching and practice.

Through illustrating and discussing a range of 2D and 3D objects and processes this talk challenges some current thinking about art, design and making and draws out the importance of the relationship between materials and how we make and think creatively.

An understanding of how materials behave and the ways they can be transformed is central to the creative process. This ‘experiential learning’ from the material world forms the skills and ‘tacit knowledge’ that makers apply to their work. It also creates new knowledge and ways of thinking through the unpredictable, unexpected and unanticipated outcomes that only materials can provide.

The importance of this could be lost in an increasingly virtual world where decisions about ‘making’ may be arrived at through assumptions and expectations that are made away from this physical and material experience.


Sarah Bodman Keynote Speaker at Booknesses Colloquium

Book Arts in South Africa

venue University of Johannesburg, South Africa
date 24th – 25th March 2017

The Booknesses Colloquium on the Book Arts in South Africa will be held at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), University of Johannesburg, South Africa on 24 & 25 March 2017 alongside South African artists’ books in an exhibition of contemporary bookworks in conventional and digital form opening on Friday 24 March 2017 in the FADA Gallery.

Keynote speakers for the colloquium are Sarah Bodman and Robbin Ami Silverberg, artist & founding director of Dobbin Mill hand-papermaking studio and Dobbin Books collaborative artist book studio in Brooklyn, NY, and Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute.

The colloquium and FADA exhibition of South African book arts will be accompanied by the hugely important exhibition Booknesses: Artists' Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection, opening at the UJ Art Gallery on Saturday 25 March 2017. This exhibition will be one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of book art ever staged in the world with over 250 works by international as well as local book-arts practitioners. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with essays by Prof. Pippa Skotnes, Prof. Keith Dietrich, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Prof. Kim Berman and David Paton who is the exhibition curator. The catalogue will add new scholarship to our understanding of the book arts in South Africa.

Image: Jack Ginsberg, whose collection has inspired the exhibition Booknesses: Artists' Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection.

For more information visit: http://www.theartistsbook.org.za and https://www.facebook.com/Booknesses-Book-Arts-Exhibitions-Colloquium-548266288693065

Event date 16 march 2017

Thinking by the Book

Join artist and World leading researcher Sarah Bodman, Programme Leader MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the Centre for Fine Print Research UWE Bristol, as she discusses some contemporary examples of artists working within the format of the Artist Book.
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event date 2 MArch 2017

Colour by Numbers

Professor Carinna Parraman is giving a talk at the Arnolfini on Thursday 2 March 2017 18:00-19:00

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February 2017

Intersection of Art & Technology at the Arnolfini

Dr Peter Walters and Dr Paul O’Dowd presented a talk on the subject of the Intersection of Art &Technology at the Arnolfini on Thursday 23 February 6-7pm.
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February 2017

Dr Peter Moseley Appointented as a visiting research fellow

Photogravure P. Moseley

The Centre for Fine Print Research and the Photography Research Group are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Peter Moseley as a visiting research fellow at UWE where he will be undertaking independent research for the next three years. His area of expertise is the history, techniques and technologies of nineteenth and early twentieth century photographic and photo-mechanical printing processes.

Peter is a qualified teacher with over forty years’ experience as a photographer. He has an MA in Printmaking from Brighton University and a PhD from UWE. He has exhibited at solo and group shows and recent work has been shown at the National Gallery in London, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol.

Dates February 2017

February 2017
placement opportunity

Two Placement Opportunities with the Centre for Fine Print Research at the Bower Ashton Studios

An opportunity for two UWE students to undertake short internships between March-June 2017.

Design Student Placement Opportunity to develop a compliant motion stage for applications on robotic painting and drawing machines. The tasks require computer aided design (CAD) toward the mechanical elements of an existing prototype. The design must accommodate electronic sensing, actuation and control technologies. The design process must be approached iteratively, with a view to be fit for user testing, and later machine fitting.

Candidates should have excellent design skills, experience using CAD software and willingness to work as part of a multi-disciplinary design team. Knowledge of designing for 3D printing, laser cutting and other digital fabrication technologies is desirable. Applicants should also demonstrate an enthusiasm for exploring technology within the context of the arts.

Robotics Student Placement Opportunity to act as technician to the development of several prototype robotic painting, drawing printing machines. The tasks require a familiarity with electronic design, programming for electronic systems, sensor processing, image processing and more generally computer numerical control (CNC).

Candidates should have a general aptitude for the design and prototyping of whole robotic systems, and a keen attitude towards exploring algorithms within the context of the arts. The role will require getting up to speed with existing prototype systems and their scope for further development.

We are unable to pay a fee or expenses but we can pay in-kind in the form of access to our 3D print facilities and materials – for every 2 days work for us you can have one day access to the facility to work on your own project. The commitment to working times and duration is flexible. The successful candidate will have access to the research laboratory and a desk. Participation will form a credible contribution toward professional experience within a research environment, including co-authorship on any consequent academic publications.

We are open to discussion with regards the dates of the placement and hours per week of work. Please contact Paul O'Dowd on 01173285864 or Paul3.O'Dowd@uwe.ac.uk

Dates February 2017

Bilingual Spanish Art Student Required For IMPACT 2018


The CFPR IMPACT commitee would like to offer a part time internship to an art student who is fluent in Spanish/English to assist with an international conference we are holding in Santander, Spain in 2018. The conference will be taking place in the first week of September. We hope this will be a valuable experience for the right student. Good written skills will be useful.

For more details contact Jesse Heckstall-Smith
Centre for Fine Print Research administrator, in 0B9 or call 01173285864
Email: jesse.heckstall-smith@uwe.ac.uk

September 2018

The hosts of IMPACT 10 are currently updating the conference mailing list.

If you want to receive updates about the conference please complete the contact form which you can find at http://www.impact10.es/

The data you provide will only be used only to keep you informed about IMPACT 10 and will not be shared with third parties.

You can also follow the conference organisers on twitter @Impact10tweets

DateS september 2018

1st February 2017

venue:Brightlands, chemelot conference Centre, sittard Green Netherlands

@4Dprinting forum

Dr Peter Walters: Design at the intersection of Smart materials and 3D printing

This Presentation will show practical examples of research into the application of smart shape-changing materials and 3D printing technologies undertaken at the CFPR, UWE Bristol. Research takes place through creative collaboration between specialists in disciplines including design, robotics and 3D printing. Practical to be presented will include the development of a tentacle- like 'smart puppet; with flex sensor controller. Methods and materials used will be discussed along with future expectations and implications of smart materials and 3d printing within creative design

@4Dprinting forum
November 2016

Women: Art, Books and Printed Matter

Friday 25th November 2016
Hauser and Wirth

CFPR senior research fellow Sarah Bodman was a panel member at the one-day symposium Women: Art, Books and Printed Matter.

Taking inspiration from the themes raised by ‘Louise Bourgeois. Turning Inwards’ at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, this event explored some of the relationships between women, art and printed matter. Chaired by Fiona Bradley, Director of the Fruitmarket Gallery, the panel comprised Sarah Bodman, Clare Johnson and Mandy Ure, who each represented one of the following categories: Book making, book art and printmaking; book writing and research; and art making and painting.

Make: Shift: Do 2016 - Record attendance

Over 100 delegates attended the CFPR open doors event at the end of October to engage with our cutting edge research. The CFPR were very pleased to be a partner in the Crafts Council’s Make:Shift:Do 2016 a festival celebrating digital innovation in craft, along with the V&A, the Institute of Making, Ultimaker GB, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design atthe University of Dundee, Fab Lab Nerve Centre and the Royal Academy. We have included a sample of the feedback we received on the day:

‘Excellent. It is inspiring to watch the web of possibilities grow at the Centre’
‘Mind blowing’
‘Aesthetically innovative’
‘Was amazing’
‘Great facilities’
‘Amazing facilities’
‘Informative, engaging and made a tissue paper transfer print of my own’

Report November 2016

Bristol and Bath by Design Project hailed a success by AHRC

BBxD (Bristol and Bath by Design) have been working together over the last two years to collect data on design companies in the Bristol and Bath region to gain a better understanding of the economic and cultural value of the design-led sector.
BBxD have found that Design is integral to a diversity of commercial activity in the region in its role as a process for creativity, innovation and problem solving, as a means of communication, and in the value it adds to the experience of the consumer.

Carinna Parraman, Professor of Design and Innovation at the University of the West of England, said:

“Bristol and Bath were identified as Design hubs as far back as 2010 but our findings demonstrate that a great deal of design work in the region is under-appreciated, unacknowledged, or ‘hidden’.

Read the AHRC press release: www.ahrc.ac.uk/newsevents/news/design-goes-west

Dates 11/2016 |

event April 2017

BABE: Bristol Artists Book Event April 2017


Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini
Saturday 1st April & Sunday 2nd April 2017
11am - 6pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday

Save the date: Arnolfini and The Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE, Bristol, are very pleased to announce the 6th Bristol Artist’s Book Event (BABE) at Arnolfini, come and celebrate our 10-year anniversary with us.

Stands will be in the galleries and auditorium space of Arnolfini plus a programme of talks, workshops and tours over the weekend - Not to be missed!

Dates 4/2016 |

radio appearance September 2016

Vladimir Ashkenazy on Ansel Adams: The Print and the Performance


The Centre for Fine Print Research Visiting Senior Research Fellow Dr Annie Hammond features throughout a BBC radio 3 documentary The acclaimed conductor and musician Vladimir Ashkenazy travels to the California home of acclaimed photographer Ansel Adams to reveal how classical music inspired and informed his friend's art. Listen to the programme here:...http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07vwg62

conference September 2016

CFPR PhD student Becky Gooby presents Poster at PICS 2016: Variables that affect colour in digital textile printing

Author/Co Author:
Becky Gooby
conference:PICS 2016 - Progress in Colour Studies
Place: University College London
Date: 14-16 September 2016
Poster Presented by: Becky Gooby
URL Links:http://pics2016.uk

The development of digital printing is a major change within the textile design process - as a designer is no longer restricted to number of colours, repeat patterns and may include photographic images and intricate detail. With digital print it is now possible to print anything between a metre, or hundreds of metres, at the click of a button.

However, there is a marked difference between screen-colour and print colour. A textiles designer using Computer Aided Design (CAD) to create a design will be required to experiment with a number of variables in order to feel more confident about the outcome when using digital fabric printing.

There are already various software, materials and printers involved in digital printing which impact on colour results. Additionally, fabric choice and secondary processes (washing and steaming) contribute to colour variation. The poster charts these variables and outlines the affects they have on printed colour. Variables include, but are not limited to: fabric, ink, software, printer, profiles applied, and secondary processes (washing, steaming)

CFPR Summer schools receive outstanding feedback

Introduction to wood engraving 4 July
Letterpress Book Arts Intensive 11-15 July
Making Friends with your Adana press 6-7 July
Artists stamps 20 July
Photogravure 25-29 July 2016
2D-3D Experimental Book Art Structures 25-29 July 2016
Primitive Print in the City III 26-27 July 2016
Decorative Japanese Techniques for Paper and Book Arts 15-19 August 2016


Dates:2016 | Read all of the feedback and check for future short courses please visit the CPD homepage

event august 2016

Artists’ Books #11: backbonebooks and Boabooks

Dates: 7-11 August 2016

In the latest instalment of her monthly column on artists' books, Sarah Bodman looks at two artists whose publishing practice sees them exhibiting at major upcoming events in the USA.

Dates /2016 | Read more at https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/artists-books-11-backbonebooks-and-boabooks?platform=hootsuite

publication 17 May 2016

Hybrid auxetic foam and perforated plate composites for human body support


Dr Peter Walters has published a joint publication in the Basic solid state physics journal

Co-Authors: H. Mohanraj (University of Bristol). S. L. M. Filho Ribeiro (University of São João del Rei). T. H. Panzera (University of São João del Rei). F. Scarpa (University of Bristol). I.R. Farrow (University of Bristol). R. Jones (MS Research, Treatment and Education, The Vassall Centre, Bristol). A. Davies-Smith (MS Research, Treatment and Education, The Vassall Centre, Bristol). C. D. L. Remillat (University of Bristol). H.-X. Peng (Zhejiang University). P. Walters (UWE Bristol).
The article describes the design, manufacturing, modelling and testing of a hybrid composite support made from auxetic open cell foam liners and curved thermoplastic plates with rhomboidal perforations for human body support. Both the foam and the curved perforated plate have in-plane negative Poisson's ratio behaviour. The static bending stiffness of the hybrid auxetic composite support is modelled using an analytical and Finite Element approach benchmarked against experimental results from three-point bending tests. The benchmarked Finite Element models are used to develop a map of optimised static stiffness versus the geometry of the rhomboidal perforations. A Design of Experiment testing campaign is also carried out on 16 hybrid auxetic composite plates to understand the interaction and correlation of the static bending versus the geometry of the perforations and the contribution given by the auxetic foam liner.

Date published: 17 May 2016
Basic solid state physics journal
DOI: 10.1002/pssb.201600106
Volume: 253
Issue: 7
Pages: 1378-1386

Exhibition august 2016

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Dates: 17 November 2016 - 26 February 2017

CFPR PhD student Peter Moseley has been selected for the leading international photographic portrait competition - The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

Organised by the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Prize has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles submitted by a range of photographers, from gifted amateurs and photography students to established professionals.

In the Prize’s search for excellence, photographers are encouraged to interpret ‘portrait’ in its widest sense of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals.’

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery 17 November 2016 to 26 February 2017 before touring to venues around the UK.

Dates august 2016

The hosts of IMPACT 10 are currently updating the conference mailing list.

If you want to receive updates about the conference please complete the contact form which you can find at http://www.impact10.es/contacto-contact/ put "update data" in the subject line of the message.
The data you provide will only be used only to keep you informed about IMPACT 10 and will not be shared with third parties.

You can also follow the conference organisers on twitter @Impact10tweets

Conference Paper July 2017

Printing for Fabrication Conference

CFPR's 3D Printing Senior Research Fellow David Huson will give a paper on print-based fabrication, functional materials and applications at the Printing for Fabrication Conference - the 32nd International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies - taking place at the University of Manchester from the 12-16 September. David will present on '3D Printed Ceramics: Current Challenges and future Potential - co authored with Katie Vaughan

Read more at www.imaging.org/site/IST/Conferences

event august 2016

Make: Shift: Do 2016

The Centre for Fine Print Research are very pleased to be a partner in the Crafts Council’s Make:Shift:Do 2016 a festival celebrating digital innovation in craft, along with the V&A, the Institute of Making, Ultimaker GB, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, Fab Lab Nerve Centre and the Royal Academy.

eventMay 2016

Reviving Red Calico

Alison Howell, CFPR's KTP Associate with Burleigh Pottery, gave a poster at the KTP Associates Conference 2016 hosted by Coventry University in May.

She presented a beautiful and informative poster on the work she has been undertaking laying the foundations for the introduction of digital print technologies to Burleigh’s traditional underglaze tissue printing process.

The annual KTP Associates Conference celebrates the benefits and successes of the collaborative work between companies and academic institutions through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

announcement May 2016

Laser Studio Closure

Due to space constraints and the current funding environment we have had to take the very tough decision to close our Laser Cutting Bureau.
.It has been a wonderful experience for us to work with over 3000 artists, designers, makers and industrial companies since 2006 training and helping them prototype, test and take products to market via laser cutting.

A huge thankyou to Claire Phipps, Tom Sowden, Sarah Barnes and Tina Selby without whom we would not have been able to run the bureau.

We still want to hear from you if you are interested in investing in contract or collaborative research with us in our key areas of 3D and 2.5D print and fabrication, colour, wide-format print and artists’ publishing – email us CFPRinfo@uwe.ac.uk

UWE students in the School of Art and Design can still access the departmental laser cutting facilities through the technical facilities

If you are still interested in finding a laser cutting bureau in the Bristol area please try Bristol Design Forge or KWMC The Factory.

event 4-8 June 2016

Degree show at Bower Ashton

Discover new artists, designers and media practitioners at UWE Bristol’s annual degree show for the creative industries. The degree show is a real highlight of the year, showcasing the outstanding work of more than 500 new graduates from Art, Design, Film and Journalism programmes.

Dates /2013 | Read more HERE

event august 2018

IMPACT 10 Will take place in Spain - Autumn 2018

Please make a note in your diary for Autumn 2018 (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 IMPACT 10 in Spain through our website UWE Impact


or www.impact10.es

event UWE Bristol, F Block Gallery, Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol. BS3 2JT


An exhibition articulating the textures and character of age and skin through nineteenth century photographic print processes.

Dates: Wednesday 4th – Friday 13th May 2016

“Dermis” presents a selection of works prepared by Centre for Fine Print Research student Peter Moseley as part of his practice-based PhD project.

The exhibition reflects upon the resonance of skin, making the physicality of older people more accessible, their variety more curious, their experience more evident, their skin and bodies sources of phenomenological enquiry and sensuous interest. It presents, through the imprinted imago of presence, the opportunity to gaze, even to stare – objectively, voyeuristically, elegiacally, scopophiliacally, wonderingly or pityingly – and to engage, albeit briefly, with another’s and hence one’s own condition.

The images are realised through nineteenth-century photographic processes, including photogravure, platinum, cyanotype and carbon-transfer contact-printing techniques. The materiality and tactility of the prints complement the skin textures and ‘presence’ of the subjects.

Early photographic processes offer many opportunities for creativity and interpretative reading. Each process characteristically facilitates or inhibits possibilities for surface texture and relief, image density, tonal range, colour and brightness; they have, in short, their specific feel when performed as works on paper. The prints aim to depict the humanity and scale of presence of subjects who, with dignity, offer intimate and voyeuristic access to their embodied selves. The works seek to heighten the haptic of surface, texture and dimensionality, to provide space for narrative awareness of the presence of older subjects, complementing their explicit complicity and gift of accessibility.

publication March 2016

Richard Hamilton’s Typo-Topography of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass Revisited

The Journal article in the March 2016 edition of Print Quarterly Revisiting Richard Hamilton’s Typo-Topography of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass -- extends a case study by Dr Paul Laidler in his PhD thesis and comments upon the contribution of the University as a collaborator and publisher of fine art prints.

The production of fine art prints has a longstanding relationship with the collaborative print studio, where artists work together with master printers to realize and produce printed artworks.

The collaboration between artist and print studio has predominantly been one of facilitation, where the artist is able to access specialist equipment and technical expertise with the tools, materials and operations of a particular print studio. What this involves and what the relationships are has varied between print studios and even between the master printers of a studio. This article will discuss the production of an inkjet printed edition with the artists Richard Hamilton using the collaborative print studio model within a University setting.

The full text version of the article can be purchased via the Print Quarterly Website

event3-6 February 2016

Human Automation & the Post-Digital Print

Dr Paul Laidler will present the paper Human Automation & the Post-Digital Print as part of the Aesthetics of Displacement: The Graphic Evidence panel session at College Art Association¹s (CAA) 10th Annual Conference in Washington, DC to be held 3-6 February 2016.

The CAA is an annual gathering of more than 4,000 artists, art historians, museum directors and curators, arts administrators, scholars, and educators who come together for in-depth discussion of issues in the arts today.http://conference.collegeart.org/


Funding Announcement 2016

Applicants wishing to study for a PhD with the CFPR can apply for a full AHRC studentship (annual maintenance award & fees) through the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training - a partnership between UWE, Plymouth & Falmouth Universities. 3D3 trains researchers to meet the creative and design opportunities of the future, exploring the possibilities and challenges presented by rapidly evolving technologies, including the interface between digital processes and traditional methods. It offers a unique opportunity for creative scholar-practitioners working at the forefront of a rapidly expanding research landscape.  

PhD studentships comprise tuition fees (£3,900PA at 2013/14 rates) and a maintenance award (£13,726PA at 2013/14 rates) tenable for a minimum of 3 academic years.  Part-time studentships comprise tuition fees & pro-rata maintenance award.  

The next deadline for expressions of interest for 3D3 PhD studentships is 8 January and deadline for full applications is 29 February 2016.

event December 2015 - 13 March 2016

Just Press Print

Maryland Institute College of Art, Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave,  Baltimore, MD 21217-4134 USA
Curated by Dr Paul Laidler, the exhibition Just Press Print derives from his research at the Centre for Fine Print Research. The title was chosen to highlight the often overlooked, significant elements for the creation of digital print. The exhibition will also touch upon the evolving nature of digital technology and its potential influence upon established definitions and practices within the field of printmaking. 
event 24 november 2015 -1st January 2016

Come and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of UWE’s annual Miniature Print Exhibition!

The 30th annual exhibition of 30 new miniature prints for 2015, is at Arnolfini shop from 24th November 2015 – 1st January 2016.

Please come along to the Private View on Thursday 3rd December from 5-7pm (Arnolfini bar is open until 10pm). Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, UK. www.arnolfini.org.uk

An exhibition of 300 miniature prints spanning 30 years is at the Museum Twentse Welle shop from 13th November 2015 – 1st January 2016. Buy Prints Online from previous years

Museum TwentseWelle, Het Rozendaal 11, 7523 XG Enschede, The Netherlands. www.twentsewelle.nl

With many thanks to:
AKI ArtEZ Institute of the Arts
John Purcell Paper (Sponsor)
Museum TwentseWelle, Enschede
SNAP 2015 International Printmaking Symposium
UWE, Bristol

event Dates: 2 September 2015

Peter McCallion Demonstrates Woodbury Wisdom

Peter McCallion is completing his PhD documenting how he has reprised the Woodbury Type process at the University of the West of England’ s Centre for Fine Print Research. Peter will explain the process’s history and his research. He will demonstrate the final stage in the Woodbury type process: the printing/pressing of an actual Woodburytype. This is a very rare opportunity to see a demonstration of this process.
The associated blueprint-II exhibition includes a modern carbon print comparison with an 1870s vintage Woodburytype print.
Trongate 103 – Glasgow Print Studio
103 Trongate
G1 5HD

Part of the ACTINIC Festival presented byAlternativePhotographyScotland
Dates /2013 | Read more: peters blog: Print Peter


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