Methodologies for the integration of fine art practice and wide format digital printing.

AWARDING BODY: Arts and Humanities Research Council in association with HP
AWARDED TO: Professor Stephen Hoskins
RESEARCHER PARTICIPANTS: Dr Paul Thirkell, Carinna Parraman, Paul Laidler

For the fine artist, wide format digital printing promised new potential for the creation of print based artwork. However, although some common ground existed between the industry led function of this technology and aesthetic concerns of the printmaker, to date little had been done to define how it may be effectively employed to incorporate qualities which have become unique to the domain of fine art print. This project sought to quantify existing methods of processing digital images and develop imaging and colour systems which may have assisted in broadening the scope of digitally based printing from a fine art perspective.

Read the full project summary here.

Research dissemination grant

AWARDING BODY: Arts and Humanities Research Council
AWARDED TO: Professor Stephen Hoskins
RESEARCHER PARTICIPANTS: Dr Paul Thirkell, Carinna Parraman, Paul Laidler

Curation of exhibition demonstrating the integration of digital wide format within mainstream art practice, with seminar and public lectures and residency programme to disseminate findings of wide format project.




Project Output: Committed to Print – Touring Exhibition

CURATED BY: Paul Thirkell
DATE: June 2007- September 2009
Exhibition Venues:
Sharples and Winterstokes Galleries, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 3 June – 22 July 2007
Northern Print Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 22 August – 25 October 2008
IMPACT Conference,Bower Ashton Gallery, UWE Bristol, 16 – 19 September 2009




An exhibition of digital prints from the Centre for Fine Print Research UWE curated by Paul Thirkell, the exhibition is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and features the specially commissioned work of Richard Hamilton, Susan Collins, Charlotte Hodes, Paul Hodgson, Jo Lansley & Neeta Madahar.

The CFPR has been active in working with a broad range of innovative and cutting edge artists and approaches to fine art print for well over a decade. This exhibition represents some of the work produced by artists from its staff and those it has worked in collaboration with. The exhibition seeks to address the question – does digital artwork have its own stand alone aesthetic or does it seamlessly engage with others? To frame this in relation to the many activities that fall under the umbrella of digital art, the exhibition seeks, through its title ‘Committed to Print’, to focus on work that has been committed to an end product or fixed output i.e. a print or print related object. This position is taken in direct contrast to other areas of digital practice where the image remains ephemeral, relying only on the media available to the viewer to mediate the quality of its presentation. The exhibition therefore focuses on how the artist’s virtual interaction with software can be made physical through the choice and mediation of the hardcopy techniques available.

Working in conjunction with researchers from the Centre, the five artists exhibitioned all produced a series of ambitious prints that, along with the other pieces in the exhibition, reveal some of the exciting new horizons in print currently being explored by contemporary artists.

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