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

Professor Stephen Hoskins

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CFPR Professor

Stephen Hoskins is Hewlett Packard Professor of Fine Print at the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England Bristol. Apart from being a practising printmaker, his primary areas of research are; the potential of 3D printing and related digital technologies for the arts, plus the tactile surface of the printed artefact and its consequences for digital technology. His latest book 3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Craftpeople was published by Bloomsbury in November 2013. A second completely revised edition will be published by Bloomsbury in 2017.

Steve's current CV

Artist Residency at Frans Masreel 2016

For 35 years, Hoskins has been involved with the creative arts and the print industry, including running a small company for 20 years. He has been peer reviewer for international funders, conferences and journals and is the chair of the IMPACT International conference for Printmaking and the Association of European Printing Museums. He has been awarded over 13 Arts and Humanities Research Council grants and 5 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with industrial partners (funded by the UK's Technology Strategy Board).

He has published two books: ‘Water based Screenprinting’ and ‘Inks’, over 20 peer reviewed papers and articles, and has 3 patents: ‘Novel methods of water based screenprinted ceramic transfers’; ‘Printer with substrate registration means’ and 'A Method of 3D Printing Ceramics' which has been licensed to Viridis3D llc.  
He is currently a member of an expert advisory group for the University Alliance DSTEM project  and has been on the editorial board of the journal Printmaking Today, a council member of the Association of European Printing Museums and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. In September of 2006 Hoskins was sponsored by the British Council to give a series of lectures and gallery talks at the National Museum of Arts in Taiwan and the Tank Loft Arts Centre Chongqing China in support of the British Council touring exhibition ‘As is When’ a celebration of British Printmaking from the 1960’s.

He has worked with internationally acclaimed artists, such as Richard Hamilton, Therese Oulton, Lesley Dill, Joe Tilson, Paul Hodgson and Leo Baxendale, at the Centre for Fine Print Research, to produce fine art prints using digital print technologies. This included consultancy work with Richard Hamilton to produce a series of new works for which Hewlett Packard have made a special linen ink jet canvas to the Centre's specification and also the commission for a ‘Medal of Dishonour’ for an exhibition at the British Museum in 2008.

Stephen spent August - September 2016 in residence at the Frans Masereel Centre in Belgium exploring laser cutting and screenprinting within his own practice. Stephen’s kite prints are as much about the craft of making as they are a gentle delight in challenging the notions of what constitutes a print and where the perceived borders between the fine and applied arts end and begin

In 2014 Stephen spent a week in Hangzhou and Beijing with Professor David Barker where they met Professor Hong Guoqiao and his team from the China Academy of Art. They visitied potential IMPACT gallery spaces in and around Hangzhou as well as the exceptional traditional Woodblock print facilities on offer at the China Academy of Arts. The China Academy of Art were subsequently the hosts for IMPACT 9.

As a practising printmaker Stephen has exhibited widely throughout the world including the 5th, 6th and 7th International Exhibit of prints and drawings Taipei ROC. The 9th International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria. The 1st Tokyo miniature print triennial Tokyo Japan. The 3rd Triennial of Miniature Prints Chamaliers, France and the 1st Malaysian Print Biennial Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. His work is held in many collections world-wide including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate Gallery.

Research Grants Awarded


2015-2017 Re-Distributed Manufacturing and the Resilient, Sustainable City, EPSRC, Co-investigator

2014-16 Bristol and Bath By Design, AHRC, £740795, Principal Investigator


2014-17 2.5D and 3D image capture and print in the cultural heritage field: evaluation of current and developing technologies, applications and workflows, AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the National Gallery, £58227, Supervisor


2014-15 3D Printed Ceramic Spin Out Company, AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact & Engagement in partnership with Sibelco UK, £29744, Principal Investigator

2013-14 Combining digital print technologies with 18th Century underglaze ceramic printing to retain an industrial heritage process, AHRC Follow-on Funding £119,446, Principal Investigator

2012-15 Can Egyptian Paste Techniques (Faience) Be Used For 3D Printed, Solid Free-form Fabrication of Ceramics? AHRC Research Grant (Standard) £385,672, Principal Investigator

2012-15 Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award: Renishaw, £ 177465, Academic Lead

2011-12 Solid free-form fabrication in fired ceramic as a design aid for concept modelling in the ceramic industry, AHRC Follow-on Funding £119,854, Principal Investigator

2009-12  Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award: Dycem, £ 115406, Academic Lead

2008-09 Newby Trust £10,000

2007-09 The Fabrication of Three Dimensional Art and Craft Artefacts through Virtual Digital Construction and Output, AHRC Research Grant (Standard) £280,734, Principal Investigator

2006-08 Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant: Ringway Group, Academic Lead

2006 Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF), £300,000

2005 Network for Design TCS Promotion in collaboration with University of Central England, Robert Gordon University and University of Belfast, AHRC Network Grants, Co-Investigator

2004 A Digital Archive of the Nineteenth Century Woodburytype and its Working Practice, AHRC Research Grant £4,926, Principal Investigator

2004 Investigation into alternative colour in wide format printing for Artists and Designers, Hewlett Packard Research Award

2003 Hewlett Packard Invent European Art and Science Philanthropy Funding

2003-07 Methodologies for the integration of fine art practice and wide format digital printing, AHRC Research Grant (Standard) £196,131, Principal Investigator

2002-04 Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant: John Purcell Paper, Academic Lead

2001-04 What constitutes a reproduction in the 20th century, through the 19th century collotype process? AHRC Research Grant (Standard) £113,412, Principal Investigator

2000-03 A practical re-appraisal of continuous tone photo-relief printing for ceramics and alternative substrates, AHRC Research Grant £159,655, Principal Investigator

2000 Reappraising the creative potential of underglaze ceramic transfer printing in the light of new technology, AHRC Research Grant £4,950, Principal Investigator

2000-03 Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant: Cranfield Colours, Academic Lead

1999-2000 An investigation into what constitutes a reproduction in the 20th century, through the 19th century collotype process, AHRC Research Grant, Principal Investigator

1999-2000 The artist's book in 'Process' - a critical analysis on the making of an artist's book, AHRC Research Grant £4990, Principal Investigator

1999-2000 Indigenous printmaking - a survey of adaptable technology for printmakers, AHRC Research Grant £4906, Principal Investigator

1989 Royal Society of Painter Printmakers

1981 The Abraham and Lilian Rosenburg Foundation Award

1981 The Atlantis Paper Company Award

1981 The KMP prize for Printmaking

1980 RCA Minor Travelling Scholarship

Steve's current CV

contact: Stephen.Hoskins@uwe.ac.uk