Fine Art Print Publishing Project.
The collaborative print studio has had a profound impact upon the production and realisation of some of the most innovative prints within the discipline of fine art printmaking. Traditionally these activities have centred upon the hand and mechanical print, two cornerstones of the fine art print industry that may have less persuasion in the digital age. With these historical print precedents as my point of reference and building off of my PhD (that centred upon practice led methods with artists producing inkjet prints) I wanted to begin exploring the broader production and realisation possibilities for the digitally mediated print edition. The contemporary print publishing market would provide the context to consider the output and role of such a publishing studio.
In early 2012 I submitted this idea as a proposal for an early career research grant that was then funded £14000 by UWE allowing me to instigate a collaborative digital print studio model and develop a publishing studio within the University. Between 2012 and 2016 I invited and worked collaboratively with fifteen artists, producing 52 separate editions that equated to 488 prints.
From a research output perspective the project has enabled me write six journal articles and present at three conferences (two international and one national). The generation of printed artworks allowed me to exhibit the work as a publisher (representing the CFPR) and as a curator of the Just Press Print show. In total I exhibit the collaborative productions at eight international and six national venues. I was also invited to speak about the research project at six international and eight national higher education institutions. The initiation and development of one particular artist edition led to two co-authored research projects that were awarded £11000 and £50000. The University publishing practice also afforded me to have two UWE internship positions during this time and I would therefore like to acknowledge the assistance of Verity Winslow and Meggie Wood. It is also worth noting that all of the print production and exhibition costs during this period were paid for by the sale of editions.
The publishing studio is still running today and is situated within the Center for Fine Print Research – and aptly named CFPR Editions. A large percentage of my projects with artists, research activity and art practice is informed by the digitally mediated print and subsequently the work produced through CFPR Editions has been instrumental in a large portion of the things you will find on this site.