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News Archive 2014

funding award

More funding success!

Dates: 31/07/2014 – 31/07/2015

Dr Carinna Parraman has won additional funding from the AHRC for her pioneering research into colour and digital inkjet technology. In 2004, Dr Carinna Parraman undertook an AHRC funded project entitled "Screenprinted colour as a theoretical model for the development of inkjet technology".

The Development of Novel Inkjet Inks seeks to build upon and extend the methods developed working in collaboration with Pulse Roll Label Products Ltd., a specialist manufacturer of inks and varnishes for the label printing and the packaging industries.
The collaboration will use the results of the 2004 research by exploiting recent developments in inkjet technology to enable Pulse to develop innovative UV cure ink products for commercial print applications, thus giving them an advantage in the field.
Dates07 /2014 | Read more on Carinnas research page


Science of Inkjet and Printed Drops 2014

Dates: 11/11/2014

PUBLISHED by: Institute of Physics Publishing

This meeting will cover all aspects of the generation, deposition and behaviour of liquid drops, with applications in graphical printing as well as printed electronics, novel materials processing and additive manufacturing (3D printing) It will be the seventh in a series of annual events which started with meetings on ‘Dynamics of printed drops’ in 2008 and 2009, and since 2010 has been extended to cover all aspects of the formation and deposition of liquid jets and drops.

Contributions are very welcome which address any of the following or related areas: generation and behaviour of liquid drops and jets, both free and in contact with surfaces; wetting and spreading of liquids on surfaces; rheology especially at high rates of shear and extension; dynamic surface tension; applications of inkjet technologies in graphical printing and manufacturing; deposition in droplet form of all types of materials, including biological materials.

The format of the meeting, which is expected to attract about 50 attendees, will involve six invited oral presentations (30 min + discussion), and contributed posters for discussion during the extended poster/lunch break. Please contact: Ian Hutchings, University of Cambridge:

PHd Studentship

Collaborative Doctoral  Studentship: 2.5D and 3D image capture and print in the cultural heritage field

Dates: Closing date for applications is 5pm 30th June 2014.

The UWE Graduate School is offering a funded full-time PhD studentship in 2.5D and 3D image capture and print in the cultural heritage field: evaluation of current and developing technologies, applications and workflows, an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) between the Centre for Fine Print Research and the National Gallery in London.

Dates June/2013 | Read more About the studentship


The incredible adventures of William the 3D Printed Faience Hippo

Dates: April and May 2014

PUBLISHED by: Don Undeen, Head of MEdia LAb, MET NYC

William was a Metropolitan Museum Pencil Eraser replica of the Egyptian Faience Hippo artefact in the Metropolitan Museum collection which the team have affectionately called ‘William’. We scanned the eraser and 3D printed it at the CFPR's 3D Ceramic Lab in Bristol using our Egyptian Paste recipe. You can watch a slideshow of Williams adventure here or by following our twitter feed @cfprresearch


Beyond Blue Proceedings now available

location: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
program: Download PDF
Images: www.pinterest.com/cfprresearch/beyond-blue
project blog: cfprtissue.blogspot.co.uk

This symposium brought together leading academic researchers, industry experts and artists to discuss underglaze ceramic printing and its future. View highlights from the day here:


Dates Thursday 23 January 2014 | Read more at the project page


In conversation with Andrew Super about CFPR Editions

PUBLISHED by: G&E Print and Art Edition Magazine

Grabado y edicion features a conversation between Dr Paul Laidler, Dr Cecilia Mandrile and Andrew Super published as the article (Non) Graphic Images of Violence in G&E Print and Art Edition Magazine.

Dates 03/2014 | Read more in the PDF article and at www.grabadoyedicion.com


Cecilia Mandrile invited to Elektrografia Budapest

Dr Cecilia Mandrile has been invited as the special international guest of the Hungarian Electrographic Art Association/ HEAA (www.elektrografia.hu) national exhibition MEGA PIXEL 2014, 8-12 April 2014
As part of the exhibition  the art historian, Judit Sárosdy will give a presentation on Dr Cecilia Mandrile’s work and her recent book El Perfume de la Ausencia (The Perfume of Absence)  on Wednesday 9th April (6pm) at the ARTEN Gallery, 1052 Budapest’s, Régiposta street 5 www.artengallery.hu
The Perfume of Absence, is the outcome of theoretical and creative research (1995-2013) that explores the fragmentation and fluidity of identity caused by prolonged periods of displacement and migrancy. As Cecilia journeyed across Argentina, the United States, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, England, Croatia, Estonia, Belgium and Jordan, she systematically documented her evolving experience of displacement through the continual production and exhibition of small, fragmented, printed art works and artefacts, notably small dolls, created in different places using a laptop, digital printer and found objects: a portable studio.

These ‘wandering prints’ and portable objects allowed Mandrile to explore the relationship between these processes of displacement and their realisation in art works and also to engage in an ongoing dialogue with academics, writers and curators from different countries and cultures concerned with new approaches to print media and the visual representation of migrant experience, who responded to the work presented in each site. This successive series of works that echo forwards and backwards, build towards a larger narrative: of fragmentation and dispersal but also the tentative possibilities of an eventual re-construction of identity.
The bilingual publication contains a series of essays and an overview by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which explore the significance Mandrile’s mobile works as a contribution to the enhanced knowledge and understanding of the visual aspects of nomadic practices in different cultures, addressing what Julia Kristeva in Strangers to Ourselves identified as the migrants’ ‘secret wound’ and Stuart Hall as the representative postmodern experience of displacement and the fragmentation of identity in an increasingly mobile, dislocated contemporary culture.


funding opportunity

Funding for PhD study and research preparation masters

Dates: deadline for 3D3 funding applications is the 28th March 2014

The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training is an AHRC-funded centre for doctoral training, a collaboration between the University of the West of England Bristol, Falmouth and Plymouth Universities. The Centre is offering both full-time and part-time AHRC-funded PhD studentships and 12 month full-time research preparation masters studentships with a focus on practice-led Design research.

Dates 02/2014 | Read more in the full release


The Centre for Fine Print Research open evening

Dates: 17th February 2014, 5.30 - 7.30pm

Please come and join us for a guided tour of the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) with presentations of each of our key research areas.  The processes and areas on show include laser cutting, 3D printing, digital printing, ceramic transfer printing and book arts.  

You can find out more about the MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking and a new MA in Design - as well as funding to undertake PhDs via the Arts and Humanities Research Council Digital (Design, Media and Arts) Centre 3D3 for Doctoral Training

This open evening is aimed particularly at local creative industries, graphic designers, print industry companies and individual artists, but everyone is welcome. There will be information about our laser cutting bureau service and a new bureau for 3D Printed Ceramics as well as our current research projects.
These include an AHRC funded grant to develop a 3D printed ceramic process based upon historic Egyptian faience techniques and an AHRC funded grant with Burleigh Pottery to combine digital print technologies with 18th century under-glaze ceramic printing.

The evening will conclude with an informal question and answer session and networking over refreshments.  Booking is required, please contact: Jesse.Heckstall-Smith@uwe.ac.uk

Tel: 0117 3285864

Dates 02/2014


Call for papers: New perspectives on colour

Dates: Deadline extended to 24th January

In association with the Colour Group (GB) as part of the AISB-50 Annual Convention 2014 to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London, on April 1st - 4th 2014 (http://aisb50.org/). The convention is organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)

Dates 01/2014 | Read more at http://doc.gold.ac.uk/~mas01kd/aisb50/


UWE's KTP with Dycem design-led safety flooring is one of the best in UK

A collaboration between UWE Bristol's Centre for Fine Print Research and contamination control flooring manufacturer Dycem has been chosen as one of the best Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) by the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board.

The KTP transformed Dycem's product range and was announced as one of the top nine projects, out of around 850 completed in 2012, at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

Dates 12/2013 | Read more in the full release


Miniprint Annual Show

Dates: December - February

venue: Foyles Bookshop, quakers friars , bristol

For almost three decades, the Centre for Fine Print Research has worked with staff and third year MA Printmaking students from the Department of Creative Industries, University of the West of England, to produce this annual show of limited edition prints. The format for the prints is the same every year, with a set paper size (20 x 25 cm) and a maximum image size. In return for their participation, each artist receives a full set of 30 prints. Five of the remaining prints from each edition are archived in the CFPR and UWE collections, and the remaining 25 are available to buy.

Foyles are delighted to host the exhibition for the third year running in their Gallery on the first floor - entry is free to all during usual opening hours. Prints are available to buy unframed for £18 each directly from the shop - please ask a bookseller for details, or email cabotcircus@foyles.co.uk.

The exhibition is kindly sponsored by John Purcell Paper in London.

Dates2014 | Read more at www.foyles.co.uk/bookstore-bristol


Beyond Blue


location: 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.


Professor Stephen Hoskins and David Huson have received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a project in collaboration with Burleigh Pottery, ‘Combining Digital Print Technologies with 18th century Under-glaze Ceramic Printing to retain an Industrial Heritage Process’. They have undertaken research on traditional copperplate engraving techniques combined with flexographic plate printing to create new methods of digitally engraved rollers.
email cfpr.info@uwe.ac.uk to reserve a free place.

Dates Thursday 23 January 2014 | Read more at the project page


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