IMPACT international print conference returns to UWE

Issue date: 05 March 2009


IMPACT International print conference University of the West of England and venues around the city

16 to 19 September 2009

The University of the West of England will host the IMPACT international print conference for the second time in ten years from 16 to 19 September 2009.

IMPACT is a biannual event that brings together over 500 of the world's leading print makers from over 25 countries. Conferences have been held in Cape Town, Tallinn, Helsinki and Posnan/Berlin.

The conference will be held at the Bristol Council House and School of Creative Arts, University of the West of England. There will also be a number of exhibitions at venues across Bristol. The return of IMPACT to Bristol coincides with the recent opening of new studios for both the Faculty at UWE and the Centre for Fine Print Research, where current research within print extends from colour science and wide format digital printing, to rapid prototyped 3D printing, laser cutting and the application of print to practices such as artists' books, ceramics and enamel on metal. The internationally regarded pop artist, Richard Hamilton, with whom they have been working, recently referred to the CFPR as “print heaven”.

In addition to the paper presentations, and exhibitions for IMPACT, there will be a number of other events including practical demonstrations, academic poster presentations, portfolio sessions, running projects and master classes.

Professor Stephen Hoskins, Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research says that “Hosting the sixth IMPACT conference will be both a privilege and a pleasure, having now been held in five countries across two continents. Following its past success, we welcome the return of IMPACT to Bristol, marking 10 years since the first conference was hosted here in 1999. What began as a 'one off' event has become a bi-annual feature in the printmaking calendar, bringing together hundreds of delegates from around the world.

“We have been inundated with applications from international printmakers wanting to take part in the conference, with over 90 submissions for papers and around 80 proposals to exhibit in Bristol during the conference. It will be a great chance for people to get a feel for the quality and breadth of printmaking diversity from internationally acclaimed artists.”

Professor Paul Gough, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts said, “Its important news that IMPACT is returning to Bristol. This unique event enables printmakers to view work by their peers, to be updated on innovations and new practices which often lead to exciting collaborative projects. It speaks volumes that IMPACT has selected Bristol for a second time and confirms UWE's position as the world leader for printmaking and print research.”

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