Sir Peter Blake’s Ways of Making


FUNDED BY: Research England
PROJECT PARTNERS: Arnolfini, The CCA studios, Worton Hall Studios
TEAM: Carinna Parraman, Phil Owen (Arnolfini), Gillian Duke (CCA Galleries/Worton Hall Studios)

Sir Peter Blake’s Ways of Making, seeks to explore the range of traditional and contemporary processes at the disposal of an artist. Photographing an image of a primrose growing from a blue finger-bowl – inspired by a line from Dylan Thomas Under Milkwood – Sir Peter and the CFPR have been working towards a comprehensive survey of image reproduction in the field of printmaking.

Working at the cutting edge of contemporary printmaking, the Centre for Fine Print Research introduced Sir Peter Blake to new technologies including robotic-arm painting, digital embroidery, 3D printing and laser etching.

A representative portfolio of the Ways of Making was launched at the London Original Print Fair 24-28 April 2019. The project was also the subject at an evening event, in conversation with Sir Peter Blake, Professor Carinna Parraman and Helen Rosslyn, Director of the London Original Print Fair, Friday 26 April 2019. https://cfpr.uwe.ac.uk/project/worton-hall-studios-london-and-sir-peter-blake/

In discussion with Sir Peter, The CCA studios and Worton Hall Studios London, and in collaboration with Arnolfini, we are launching an exciting series of lectures and events from March to May 2021, based on Sir Peter Blake’s Ways of Making portfolio.

Inspired by the delicate image of a primrose, a range of themes will be explored around new growth, regeneration and resilience, forming part of a wider discussion and debate through symposia and talks.

Using different and new technologies, artists and designers will be invited to collaborate in responding to the theme, as well as students and staff at CFPR & UWE Bristol. CFPR will be using robotic painting to reproduce a specially commissioned work by Sir Peter.

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