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Ana Soler Baena

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Ana Soler is a visual artist, researcher and professor at the Fine Arts Faculty of University of Vigo. Degree in Design and Engraving and PhD in Fine Arts, University of Seville. Director since 2004 of dx5, digital & graphic art research group, University of Vigo.
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Vanessa Gallardo

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Vanessa Gallardo is a Cum Laude Phd from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Salamanca. She is a member of the recognized research group GIR ITACA (Research and Transfer in Audiovisual Arts and Culture) at the University of Salamanca.
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Adrianna Kaczmarek

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Adrianna Kaczmarek is a doctoral student at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Institute of Art History. Her research focuses on the subject of self-portrait prints of Polish artists, with particular emphasis on the anthropological relation between faces and masks. Her work has been published in several national journals ("Quart", "Czas Kultury") and monographs ("The Art of Eastern Europe"). She has been practising printmaking in her spare time.
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Marta Anna Raczek-Karcz

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Marta Anna Raczek-Karcz (PhD) – born in 1979; graduated from Art History and Media & Culture Studies, both at the Jagiellonian University. PhD in Humanities (Discipline: Arts). She is an art critic and theoretician, as well as freelance curator. She is an Assistant Professor at the faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. Since 2007, she was the Vice-President of the Board and since 2013, she is the President of the Board of the International Print Triennial Society in Krakow. Raczek-Karcz lectures on contemporary printmaking and graphic design, culture anthropology, film history, history and theory of art and media studies. As a curator she has organised more than 20 exhibitions in National Museum in Krakow, Litografiska Museum in Tidaholm, BWA Municipal Gallery in Katowice, Upper Silesian Culture Centre in Katowice, Kloster Bentlage in Rheine, Gallery Container in Rome, Anaid Art Gallery in Bucharest, and MODEM Museum in Debrecen. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics AICA. She writes texts to catalogues of different exhibitions, as well as articles related to contemporary art, film and new media.
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Annis Fizhugh

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Following a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Falmouth School of Art, Annis specialised in Printmaking at the Slade, previously named the Central School of Art, London.
Since 1999 she has been Director/Head of Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio, where she introduced new, digital, and experimental technologies to traditional printmaking in a fully open-access facility. Running an extensive programme of courses as well as supporting a community of artists to produce work, Annis has foregrounded print as a vital and accessible area of contemporary art in which both technical and academic research is not only possible but essential.
During this time DCA has presented some of the most vibrant and challenging work by both emerging and internationally respected artists. An important aspect of DCA’s mission is the collaborative production of editions with these artists, for which Annis has been responsible.
She established DCA Print Studio as a base for collaborative research internships supported by SGSAH/AHRC and currently supervises 2 full Doctoral Researchers at DCA Print Studio, Rachel Adams and Sandra De Rycker, in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art.
Annis presented at Impact 6,7,8,9,10,11 and was on the steering committee for Impact 8 in Dundee.
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Xiaoqiao Li

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Xiaoqiao Li is an artist, PhD candidate and a current board member of Macau International Printmaking Art Research Center. His research analyses digital print-matrixes via the dialogue between analogue and digital imprints. Through a practice-based approach, his research is engaged with the question of how the printmaking process can help us understand how information is captured, retained, lost, and transmitted in digital imaging functions.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art at the Faculty of Arts and Design, Macao Polytechnic University in 2011, and his MA Visual Arts: Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London in 2016. In 2019, he was awarded the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong to pursue PhD in visual arts studies at the Academy of Visual Arts, School of Creative Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and won awards, including the Clifford Chance Purchase Prize in the UK and the Chinese Young Artists Award at the Beijing International Art Biennale.

He has undertaken the International Artist Residence Program at Nansha Ancient Village Artist-In-Residence, Guangzhou city, China, 2019 and Hu's Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2017. In addition, he continually publishes his research papers through international conferences and symposiums.
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Jacqueline Butler

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Jacqueline Butler is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Bristol and Glasgow. She is Associate Professor and Head of the School of Art and Design, UWE Bristol. She one of the founding members coordinating Family Ties Network (FTN is a research group of artists and filmmakers exploring memory, place, and the family). Her recent completion of PhD in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, titled The Photograph and Haptic and Virtual Object: Realms of Ephemeral Sensation and Material Objecthood, explores what a photograph can be in hybrid form, querying the thingness of the medium through technological convergence.

Recent exhibitions and publications include:
Falling Water – Water Falling, Video Installation, Bury Art Museum (2019). The Great Convergence: Natural and Artificial Intelligence, International Media Arts Festival Sala Extra MAXXI, Rome (2018), Time and Movement of the Image, Centro das Caldas da Rainha, Portugal (2018), The Success of Technological Failure in: Photography Digital Painting: Expanding Medium Interconnectivity of Contemporary Visual Art Practices, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK( 2020), In and Out of Focus: Visualising Loss through the Family Album in: Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory, Bloomsbury, UK & USA(2018). 
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Marta Belkot

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Born in 1989, interdisciplinary Polish visual artist and researcher (i2ADS – Research Institute in Art, Design and Society and VICARTE – Glass and Ceramics for the Arts). Graduated with an integrated master’s degree in printmaking and drawing from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland (diploma in 2016). She also studied at the the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland). With a FCT–Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (SFRH/BD/149042/2019); scholarship is currently attending PhD studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto.
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Serena Smith

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Serena Smith trained as a lithographer at the Curwen Studio and spent the formative years of her practice as Stanley Jones’ assistant (1985-97). Her subsequent and ongoing work as printmaking technician and educator continues to be enriched by fellow artists in her role as studio technician and lithography mentor at Leicester Print Workshop. Alongside her technical and collaborative work in printmaking environments she studied at Central Saint Martins (MA) and the Institute of Education (PGDip) and is currently a research student supervised by Prof. Marsha Meskimmon and Dr. Deborah Harty at Loughborough University. Her work has been widely exhibited and her stone lithographs are held in a number of collections.
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David Lopes

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David Lopes (b 1993, Porto). MA Drawing and Printmaking (2018) and BA in Painting (2016) from the Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Porto. David was given an honourable mention in KoMASK Masters of Printmaking 2019, Antwerp, BE. Recently, he was awarded ‘winner’ for the "Cubos de las Tentaciones" FIG 2021 Bilbao, ES. He is currently studying for a PhD in Fine Arts at FBAUP with a scholarship from FCT. David's work centres around subjects connecting History, Technology and Science.
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Graciela Machado

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Graciela Machado was born in Porto in 1970, Portugal. She graduated in Fine Arts Painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and did her Master in Printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art London. She holds a PhD in Drawing from University of the Basque Country in Spain, with a thesis on Time representation within the image. She is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and an integrated researcher in the Research Institute in Art, Design and Society (i2ADS). Through a methodology based in technological archeology, she has been involved in experimental research projects based in the history and practice of 19th and 20th Century photomechanical printing processes up to electing other more obscure historical methods including gillotage, papyrography, photo enamel and their recreation as a source for reinventing a 21st century print and drawing based practices. Her research has led to new insights into the physical history of these processes and created sustainable methods based on local resources, craft, and cultural heritage.
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Rafaela Lima

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Artist, Master's student at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto.
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António da Silva

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Artist, PhD student at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto.
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Miriam Hancill

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Miriam Hancill is an artist and practice-based PhD candidate at Edinburgh College of Art. Her research project ‘(Un)learning in the Workshop: exploring the relationships between working environments and innovation in contemporary printmaking practices’ considers how a reflective and expanded approach to the printmaker’s workshop can, through the lens of unlearning, offer alternative procedural approaches within contemporary print practices.
Miriam’s artistic practice thematises the generative nature of the printmaker’s studio, re-contextualising its apparatus and processes from mechanical means of technical mastery to central elements in the artist’s decision-making process. It makes explicit, the media, tools, decisions and actions of the printmaker within the workshop setting, highlighting their labour as well as the tactile nature of their practice.
Miriam holds an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Edinburgh College of Art, as well as a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Newcastle University. 
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Ria Czerniak-LeBov

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Ria Czerniak-LeBov is a printmaker and writer from Dublin. She is a full-time member of Graphic Studio Dublin and is currently a post-graduate student at the school of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Both her artistic and academic practices explore the relationship between old and new technologies. Through a visual vocabulary drawn from cinema, photography, pixilation and digital glitches, Ria employs traditional print techniques to capture our rapidly changing visual landscape. Her prints have been exhibited at Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy, The National Botanic Gardens and NUI Maynooth among others. Her work is also in several permanent collections including the Office of Public Works, Trinity College Dublin and Mason Hayes and Curran Solicitors.
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Alba Urquia

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Alba Urquia (Barcelona) received her bachelors in Graphic and Media Design from London College of Communication in 2019 and has been focusing her practice in printmaking ever since. Alba was awarded a Training Grant by the Miró Mallorca Foundation in 2019. She is a recent key holder at Thames-Side Print Studio and has exhibited at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair in 2021 and at Pump House Gallery in February 2022. At the moment, she is studying her first year of MA Print at Royal College of Art and co-curating Pri’s Art Salon, an art collective based in South London.
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Darena Georgieva

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Darena Georgieva is a PhD student in the Department of Printmaking, National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Publications: Georgieva, Darena. Contemporary Socially Engaged Printmaking from Western Europe and the USA. Presentation of Concrete Examples. In: Art&Context, 7th Youth Scientific Conference Proceedings, Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. p.207–217. 2021.
Еducation: Master of Fine Arts, Department of Printmaking, National Academy of Arts, Sofia (2016), Pedagogy of fine arts, postgraduate qualification, National Academy of Arts, Sofia (2015), Bachelor of Plastic Arts, Department of Printmaking, New Bulgarian University, Sofia (2014), Specialization in ceramic and glass sculpture, New Bulgarian University, Sofia (2014), Erasmus training, Academy of Fine Arts Jan Matejki, Krakow, Poland (2013)
Courses: "Introduction to Contemporary Art and Politics", Gothenburg University, Sweden, 4 month course, visual essay title: “Bulgaria during the Transition. Review of artistic forms of protest in unconventional art in the country between 1985 and 2018” (2018)
International and solo exhibitions: International Biennale of Printmaking, Varna; Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Berlin; Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Warsaw; Goggle Works Centre for the Arts, Reading, USA; Solo exhibition, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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