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  The British Channel Seen from the Dorsetshire Cliffs (detail) 1871



Miniprint Private view at Arnolfini, Breaks attendance record!
Dates: 24 november 2015 -1st January 2016

The 30th annual exhibition of 30 new miniature prints for 2015, is at Arnolfini shop from 24th November 2015 – 1st January 2016.Around 50 people attended the opening Private view last night -3rd December despite a Dark and Stormy night and terrible traffic!


An exhibition of 300 miniature prints spanning 30 years is at the Museum Twentse Welel, Netherlands, shop from 13th November 2015 – 1st January 2016.Or you can purchase prints from our extensive archives going back to 1986: 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


Colour and 3D Print at the CFPR with The Colour Group of Great Britain

Dates: 2pm Wednesday 2nd December 2015

The Centre for Fine Print Research, in collaboration with The Colour Group of Great Britain, will be talking about our recent developments in colour, 2.5D and 3D printing. 
The lecture will be in OD37 at 2pm on Wednesday 2nd December 2015
The talk is free and open to staff and students interested in colour and applications in print. 

There will also be a tour of the CFPR afterwards.

The lecture will be presented by:
Dr Carinna Parraman Associate Professor in colour and 2.5D printing,
Paul O'Dowd Research Fellow in Creative Electronics and Engineering,
Dr Peter Walters Research Fellow in 3D printing

The Colour Group GB has been in existence for 75 years, they have links with the International Association of Colour and the Society of Dyers and Colourists and many colour groups across Europe. Each month the CG offers lectures, events and opportunities to gain new insights into a wide range of colour subjects. 

For more information, please go to the Colour Group website  http://www.colour.org.uk 
Membership to the CGGB includes newsletters, discounted events, and entitles postgraduate students to apply for travel awards to present their research on colour related topics. 

Carinna Parraman will be keynote speaker at one of the Keynote sessions at the IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging 2016 in the Color Imaging: Displaying, Processing, Hardcopy, and Applications Conference.

Carinna Parraman is moderator at SNAP printmaking conference in Bentlage, Rheine, Germany,  12 -15th November 2015  http://snap2015.de  

The print association Druckvereinigung Bentlage e.V. will hold its third International Printmaking Symposium SNAP 2015 in cooperation with the cultural institution Kloster Bentlage gGmbH in Germany and the AKI ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands. 



Paul Laidler and CFPR Editions team are At Multiplied 2015!

Dates: all day every day from 16 October 2015


Contemporary Art in Editions Fair London, 16-18 October 2015

We'll be at Multiplied with CFPR Editions in October. Showing artists’ books and a new CFPR Prize edition by MA Printmaking graduate John Ford, Fiery the Angels Fell.

We will be at Multiplied on the CFPR Editions stand, with prints and artists' books, do come along and see us. Multiplied is the UK's only fair devoted exclusively to contemporary art in editions. Hosted annually by Christie's South Kensington it takes place during Frieze week and offers a rich programme of talks and workshops for art lovers and connoisseurs alike. The fair encompasses prints, digital art, 3D multiples, artists’ books and photographs, reflecting the whole spectrum of contemporary publishing. With exhibitors ranging from established galleries representing high-profile artists to start-up spaces and artists’ collectives, Multiplied offers an exclusive opportunity to both art lovers beginning a new collection and more established collectors looking for something unique.

CFPR Editions


New Cecilia Mandrile exhibition

Dates: 3 october - 7 November 2015 We are pleased to invite you to the upcoming opening reception of She's a Changeling on October 3rd at The Harts Gallery in New Milford.
Dr Cecilia Mandrile is a former research fellow and at the CFPR and is exhibiting together with friend and mentor Claudia DeMonte.

the Harts Gallery

20 Bank Street

New Milford


Dates October/2015 |

Centre for Fine Print Research Open Doors



3-6pm on Friday 23 October and 10-1pm on Saturday 24 October
We are holding two opportunities to learn more about the Centre for Fine Print Research.
On Friday 23 October we are holding a guided tour of our research labs: 3D printing, Wide Format Printing, Artists’ Editions and Artists' Books- and a first chance to take a sneaky peek at our new 2.5D print lab where you will be able to see our new robot arm and prototype 2.5D printer.  Hear an introductory talk from the lead researchers and some of our PhD students followed by an informal Q&A session. 
Find out more about some of our current research projects, which include:
- Combining digital print technologies with 18th Century underglaze ceramic printing with Burleigh Pottery
        - 3D reproduction with the National Gallery
        - The development of Novel Inkjet Inks with Pulse Roll Label Products Ltd
        - A 3D print process based upon historic Egyptian Faience techniques
        - And our new spin out company Argillasys
On Saturday 24 October we are delighted to have been selected as one of the venues for Make:Shift:Do – a nationwide celebration of digital innovation in craft.  Come along to the Centre for Fine Print Research Laser Cutting Bureau for a  hands-on experience of digital making in laser cutting – we will be running demos, you can see lots of samples and get free advice (this is laser cutting only not our other labs).
All welcome, admission is free - if you would like to come along on one, or both days, please let us know - you can
Email us: cfprinfo@uwe.ac.uk
Ring us: 0117 3285864
DM us: @CFPRresearch

Behind the Curtain. Exhibition of prints of jurors and artists – members of the Board of SMTG

Dates: 18 September to 30 October 2015
location:Krakow Poland

CFPR’s Professor Stephen Hoskins and Dr Carinna Parraman were invited to be members of the jury panel that designed the Main Exhibition of MTG – Krakow 2015, as well as the exhibition of the Grand Prix of Young Polish Print – Krakow 2015 earlier this summer. Behind the Curtain is an exhibition of the creative work of the panel members and runs from 18 September to 30 October 2015.

The exhibition showcases a diversity of creative personalities and aesthetic approaches, whose richness contributes to the multiplicity of initiatives undertaken by the Society and to the visual diversity of exhibitions organised both as part of this edition of the Krakow Triennial, as well as within the frameworks of the International Centre for Graphic Arts in Krakow. A fascinating introduction to those people whose knowledge, skills, and activity contribute to the development of the Triennial and whose efforts are usually hidden from public view. It is also an invitation to enter yet another dimension of the magic world of printmaking, which presents its many faces during the International Print Triennial – Krakow 2015.

Find out more at http://www.en.triennial.cracow.pl/MCSG/exhibitions/2166-Behind_the_Curtain._Exhibition_of_prints_of_jurors_and_artists_–_members_of_the_Board_of_SMTG.htm


Printopia: How and Why do Artists use print? at London Print Studio

Dates: October 2015, 2pm

CFPR researchers have artefacts included in the exhibition Printopia: How and Why do Artists use print? at London Print Studio until 3rd October 2015. 
Artists –from Warhol to Rembrandt – have been attracted to print as a medium.  This exhibition  provides a unique opportunity to explore behind the scenes. Discover how and why artists are fascinated by the creative opportunities presented by new and traditional print media.
The exhibition includes:
Scarabs by David Huson and Katie Vaughan
These artefacts are from a research project into the 3D printing of ceramic bodies  investigating the possibilities of using techniques developed by the ancient Egyptians to produce a 3D printed ceramic body that will glaze itself during a single firing process. The two methods demonstrated used in ancient Egypt to enable self-glazing in one firing are efflorescence glazing and cementation glazing.
Lattice Pyramids by David Huson
The Pyramids have been 3D printed in a University of the West of England patented porcelain ceramic material and are biscuit fired and glazed in the conventional manner.  
Deruta Bowl by Stephen Hoskins
Inspired by hand-decorated majolica bowls from the 16th century Italian school of ceramics,  this early digitally-printed research piece by Hoskins was a 2-dimensional development of the underside of an Italian Renaissance bowl.
Skull by Verity Lewis with Peter Walters and David Huson
Printed in plaster the Skull is  a test piece in 3D printing.
Vela Pulsar by Peter Walters and Katie Davies
This sculpture was created through the transformation of astrophysical data into tangible 3D form. The sculpture was 3D printed from a signal, detected by a radio telescope, which emanates from a distant star – a pulsar – located in the constellation of Vela, some 950 light years from Earth.  The resulting 3D printed sculpture is a translation of the signal from the pulsar – a 3D manifestation of the pulsar itself, and a direct translation of sound into visual representation.
Bristol Teacup
Designed by Peter Ting and printed by Peter Walters and David Huson
This double walled, pierced teacup has been 3D printed in a University of the West of England patented porcelain ceramic material and biscuit fired and glazed in the conventional manner.  

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Argillasys - 3D printed ceramics spin out company launched

Date: May 2015
Weblinks:http://www.argillasys.com/ &http://www.viridis3d.com/products_viriclay.htm

We believe in producing beautiful contemporary objects that stand in their own right. Argillasys is a UWE spin out company which produces high quality, unique ceramic items where 3D printing is used to enhance already excellent design. These objects all have at their heart biographies related both to the object and their designers. The ceramics available to buy in our gallery are all unique to Argillasys. We take 3D printed ceramics beyond their current status of novelty objects; where the 3D printing is incorporated purely from a demonstration of playing with new technology.

Argillasys has grown out of several years of research carried out at The Centre for Fine Print Research. All our designs are printed using an exclusive porcelain ceramic body developed by the company founders Stephen Hoskins and David Huson. This porcelain material is protected by granted patent in the EU and USA and licensed exclusively to Argillasys by The University of the West of England (UWE).

For those of you who keep asking about the name, it is based on the Latin for clay, argilla, so our literal interpretation of our name is 'clay systems'. We have worked towards achieving a 3D printable ceramic material that we have confidence in, for use with a powder deposition process. Our ceramic material is based upon a traditional porcelain, and therefore has more of the characteristics of a traditional clay than the other 3D printable ceramic materials seen in the 3D marketplace over the last couple of years. Our license partners Viridis3D LLC agree with us, and in tandem with the launch of Argillasys, Viridis have launched Viriclay a 3D printable ceramic material for use in ZCorp machines.

Our state of the art workshops in Bristol consist of our extensive 3D printing equipment, plus our wide range of more traditional kilns and glazing areas. David’s lifelong experience as a ceramic engineer, combined with Stephen's equally long printing history, gives us an overview of the whole process from concept to completion. This means we can understand the effect that a change early on in the process will have later down the line in firing or glazing.

Argillasys’ range of ceramics includes the Bristol tea bowl by the renowned designer Peter Ting. This bowl is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and was featured in the ground breaking exhibition ‘Out of Hand’ that took place at the Museum last year. The bowl is a deliberate demonstration of what can be achieved by 3D printing, yet plays gentle homage to and has direct lineage with traditional Japanese pierced tea bowls.

The Argillasys bureau service is aimed at designers, artists and ceramicists who may have already incorporated 3D printing into their work, or would like to do so. Argillasys can work with you to enable you to make the most of 3D printing as a medium to enhance your existing design capabilities - email Argillasys: enquiries@argillasys.com

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Save the date! Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini

Dates: 11th-12th April 2015 | 11am - 6pm Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday
location:Arnolfini, Bristol

Arnolfini and The Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE, Bristol, are very pleased to announce the fifth Bristol Artist’s Book Event at Arnolfini.

BABE will have 106 national and international exhibitors showing their books. There will also be: workshops with Stephen Fowler and Guy Begbie; tours of the event with Lucy Badrocke, Angie Butler, Linda Newington and Tanya Peixoto; book surgeries with Nancy Campbell and Simon Goode. Events over the weekend include: The Bristol Art Library in situ on Sunday, and a day-long reading from Yes Sir I Can Boogie.

Short talks and performances from: Guy Bigland with Tom Sowden; Egidija Ciricaite and George Cullen (Collective Investigations); Otto and Chris Scully – Flat Holm; seekers of lice; Antlers Gallery presents Tim Lane’s Anima Mundi; Judy Kravis; Graeme Hobbs / Colva Books; David Dellafiora / Field Study; Nancy Campbell and reassemble.

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA



Call for Papers

location: College Art Association 104th Annual Conference February 3–6, 2016, Washington, DC
Contemporary Issues / Studio Art Session
Panel: Aesthetics of Displacement: The Graphic Evidence

Cecilia Mandrile

Print processes stand at the core of the approach to ‘making’ in contemporary visual culture, evidencing a graphic language that, being constantly impacted upon by an ever-expanding technology, reflects the flux inherent in today’s society. From the impersonal online ‘print on demand’, to the rapid dissemination of 3D printing, to community collaborative workshops, current approaches to graphic practices demonstrate that confronting the ubiquity of virtual information emerges the need to engage with a touchable outcome. Therefore, it is timely and significant to identify a new intellectual understanding of print, as a process that, historically grounded in its potential of multiplicity, has now acquired further significance as a means for displacing virtual information towards the creation of - often sole - physical artefacts, that allow connections with both global and local communities at a ‘tangible’ level.

The making of prints has, throughout history, implied displacing visual information from a source (plate/file/numeric code) to a range of substrates (paper, canvas, wood, plastic, ceramic), generating images with new physical identities. The curatorial approaches to major international print-based exhibitions such as Philagrafika: The Graphic Unconscious, Philadelphia, Prints Now, Victoria &Albert Museum, MoMA Print/Out, Royal College of Art Control Print and Out of Hand, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, demonstrate that print-based projects stand at the centre of the contemporary art discourse. Significant publications including the catalogues accompanying these exhibitions, as well as the journals Art in Print and Grabado & Edición, are evidence of extensive writing and critical debates surrounding emergent technologies in print.

However, the displacing nature of the print process as well as the notion of displacement within the printed artefact is still to be discussed. By underpinning the presentations and discussions on the displacing nature of the print process, this panel will address how the potential of the translation of images and virtual data has not only informed conceptually and aesthetically artists’ approach to image making, but also how the resulting printed artefact reflects on the interaction with a changing audience. Examining the significance of the constantly evolving print practices in contemporary visual culture, the panel will discuss the graphic evidences in – and through- aesthetics of displacement, as well as how these transformations inform and relate to diverse dynamics of current cultural, social and political engagement.

A call for papers will be open in March 2015 at http://www.collegeart.org


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