Issue date: 08 July 2002

West-country school children are proving that art and science do mix. The fruits of their imagination will be on show alongside established artists at a signing session on 9 July. With the help of expertise from the Centre for Fine Print Research, in the University of the West of England’s Art Media and Design Faculty, the pupils have contributed to a portfolio of digitally produced prints by 70 international artists. Equipment for use in the project has been by donated by Hewlett-Packard through their European ‘Art and Science’ funding programme.

The idea of a digital portfolio project involving children was launched in January 2002 at the Making Creative Connections conference in the Watershed, Bristol. Huw Robson from Hewlett-Packard, Carinna Parraman and Paul Laidler from UWE were there to discuss possible collaboration with teachers, and over the last few months Carinna has been visiting schools. The project is based on revealing how science has looked to art and illustration to explain complicated theories and how in turn artists have used science in their art. The students were then asked to make work based on their interpretation of art and science. These works have ranged from sculpture, bookworks, collage, and painting to computer generated works. Representative pieces of work from four schools including Colstons Collegiate, Bristol and Cleeve School, Cheltenham were chosen to be included in the portfolio.

“The results have been fantastic,” said Carinna Parraman, of UWE’s Centre for Fine Print Research, the curator of the project and exhibition. “The children’s work has been printed alongside the work of artists from the UK and abroad, who sent us their images in the form of computer files. We have then printed the images sixteen to a sheet on a state-of-the-art one and a half-metre wide format colour printer. At the launch, we hope the children will be there to put their signature on what could well be their first public art exhibition.”

Editor’s notes

1. The press is invited to the launch of the International Digital Miniature Print Portfolio, on 9 July 2002 at UWE’s Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT. Signing will begin at 2.00pm, followed by a presentation by the sponsors at 4.00pm, the private view and wine.

2. The schools project is part of Hewlett-Packard’s Art and Science Programme. Other local schools will join the project from September, and future projects will include a large print project and the use of digital cameras to investigate movement, cinematography and photography

3. Sponsorship has been received from Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and St Cuthbert’s Mill, Inveresk Paper plc.

4. Images will shortly be accessible on the uwe.ac.uk/amd/research centre for fine print research website.

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