Printers make their mark on Bristol for IMPACT 6

Issue date: 09 October 2009

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IMPACT 6 Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference 16th to 19th September 2009.

Around 500 of the world's top printmaking experts from 25 countries will convene in Bristol next week to take part in the international IMPACT 6 conference at the world renowned Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE.)

This biannual conference is returning to the home of its origin after 10 years and will take place at the Bower Ashton Campus at UWE and Bristol Council House. The conference coincides with over 70 print exhibitions at Bower Ashton and across the city of Bristol.

Professor Steve Hoskins, Director of CFPR, said, "What began as a one off event at UWE in 1999 has become a major feature in the international printmaking calendar bringing together many of the world's leading printmakers, curators, artists, academics and industry representatives to celebrate the international diversity of the discipline, from its roots in industrial communication through traditional, fine art based processes, to the current cutting edge technology and theoretical debates."

Exhibitions will include:

Committed to Print an exhibition celebrating digital art, including work by Richard Hamilton and Lesley Dill created at the Centre for Fine Print Research funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Triple Echo - Artists in Print a joint collaboration from Liverpool School of Art, University of Central Lancashire and Wirral Metropolitan School of Fine Art.
Other exhibitions hosted at UWE include work from Australia, Eastern Europe and the USA, with a variety of shows hosted at other venues across Bristol including:

The Royal West of England Academy triennial 'open print exhibition' a survey of contemporary printmaking selected from an open submission, plus recent work by invited artists from Japan, Russia and Poland.

Open IMPACT an exhibition of open access print studios from the UK organised by Spike Island Printmakers

Hidden IMPACT; Prints in the City - a unique print trail around alternative venues in the city organised by students on the UWE MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking course.

Conference highlights
Panel highlights include Professor Beauvais Lyons (Arizona State University, USA) who will lead a panel discussing content and ideas imaging evolution and evolving images' reflection on Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species.

Professor Paul Coldwell (University of the Arts, London) will lead a panel on theoretical approaches to Print' which will focus on issues related to such concerns as the interface of the print as a specific type of material object with new and other technologies, media and positions.

Professor Dominic Thorburn (Rhodes University School of Fine Art, South Africa) will discuss print in the social sphere with speakers from the USA and Argentina.

Mr David Ferry (University of Wales Institute Cardiff) will lead a panel on academia and education with speakers from Australia, Canada, The Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.

Professor Catherine Bebout (Montclair State University) will lead a debate on how the community press has been instrumental in not only promoting awareness of the medium, but also social activism, cultural diversity and global outreach.

Professor Deborah Cornell (Boston University College of Fine Arts, USA), will focus on the strong dynamic of the print to express values of freedom, justice, and community in times of political oppression and economic uncertainty

New Research poster forum
Delegates will take part in a poster forum unveiling new research ideas and concepts from over 40 international researchers, artists and PhD students. Highlights include 'Rapid Prototyping- Between the shadow of photography and the strange light of film,' 'International print relations' and 'Enfoldment as reflective imagination.'

Practical demonstrations and workshops
On Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September there will be a wide range of practical demonstrations including traditional engraving techniques, printing in 3D using rapid prototyping and printed enamel on metal.

There will also be a number of master classes, print collaborations and interventions in the week before and throughout the conference including a five-day masterclass in Pulp.

Product Fair
A product fair offers delegates the chance to meet leading suppliers in the print industries including; EC Lyons Co. (New York), Printmaking Today, (London,) Cranfield Colours (Gwent), John Purcell Paper, (London,) AJ Wells, (Isle of Wight,) Inveresk Plc, (Somerset,) Albatross Editions- Halle Press (Finland,) Hiromi Paper International (California) and new vendors of 3D rapid prototyping machinery.

The next conference will return to the Southern hemisphere in 2011, and will be hosted by Monash University, Melbourne Australia, adding another continent and country to the IMPACT world map.

IMPACT in Bristol coincides with the recent opening of new studios for both the Creative Arts Faculty at the University and the Centre for Fine Print Research. 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 collaborating, recently referred to the CFPR as "print heaven".

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