The Art of the Maker Series

In collaboration with Arnolfini, Bristol, we are launching an exciting series of lectures and events from March to May 2021.

We will be starting the series with a round table discussion exploring:
The Art School Tradition in the 21st Century.

18th March, 5pm – 6.15pm (online)
Recorded discussion – catch up here

The panel will be chaired by Carinna Parraman (Professor of Design, Colour and Print, Director Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE). Speakers include Jacq Butler (Head of School of Art and Design, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, UWE Bristol), Steve Hoskins (Professor of Fine Print, CFPR, UWE), Teresa Dillon (Professor of City Futures, UWE) and Christine Howes (Spike Print Studio).

The panel will discuss life after art school, practice and resilience as a maker, exploring creative practice and tacit knowledge, and address the question: what are the skills practitioners need to learn to survive and flourish in the 21st century?

The Art of the Maker Student Symposium – Sustainability and Resilience for Studio-Based Practice and Practice-Based Research.

Monday 22nd March and Thursday 25th March 2021 (online)

The Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at UWE, Bristol in collaboration with The Art of the Maker events presents a student symposium. UWE students are invited to come along and to learn about recent artworks, ideas and processes from recent graduates to doctoral students’ projects. Find out more here.

If you would like to attend this free event as a UWE student or alumni please contact

The Art of the Maker – Craft, Design and Technology in the 21st Century 

Thurs 6 May 2021 from 5pm (online)

Presented by Carinna Parraman (Professor of Design, Colour and Print, Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE)

Invention, innovation and insight are keywords for any technologist, designer and maker. In the twenty‐first century, a wealth of new and emerging materials, alongside digital methods for the manufacture of products and services are transforming and enhancing our lives. But there are also the age-old techniques and crafts traditions that demonstrate fundamental benchmarks in material culture that are the foundation for high-quality printing and fabrication today and in the future. Exploring the future of printing and fabrication, new ways of thinking and working, alongside traditional methods of making, Carinna will be exploring the shifting field of Homo Faber and the human condition, and how digital technologies are transforming craft and design.

Practitioners in Conversation

A series of practitioners-in-conversation from different backgrounds will talk about their research skills and tools but from very different perspectives. This might include sharing examples of what they have made, finding cross-overs between their practice or work, or issues they have encountered. These talks will be led by senior academics from the CFPR and UWE Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, including Dr Angie Butler, Dr Tavs Jorgensen, Dr Laura Morgan and Dr Tom Abba.

Thurs 20 May: Make, Do and Mend:
with Stephanie Wooster, Senior Lecturer in Knit and Stitch, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, UWE Bristol
and Angie Butler, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Fine Print Research, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, UWE Bristol
Details here

Let’s talk tools! #letstalktools

We would like to know what tools you use in your practice.

Continuing from the #letstalktools project co-ordinated by Sofie Boons and Tom McDonagh, we’d like to invite you to join in and share your three work tools of choice! Tag us with your images on Instagram (@cfpr_research) or Twitter (@cfprresearch) and #letstalktools.

This series is inspired by Sir Peter Blake’s Portfolio The Ways of Making. Find out more here and here.

We will be adding more events and talks, so please keep checking here for updates.

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