University of the West of England, Bristol
Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Ln, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK

UWE’s academic mission includes providing outstanding learning fully utilising advances in technology to support professional and social growth and development, and conducting world-class research in selected areas with impact that meets the needs of a sustainable economy and society. UWE will participate in ApPEARS through the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), one of the UK’s leading university research centers in Art and Design, doing research based on the production of the physical artefact, primarily predicated in print. CFPR was recognised as world leading in various categories in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 awarded to UWE in December 2014. The centre does supervision of PhDs, teaching post- graduate, and undergraduate courses; and continuously running professional development courses, consultancy services, and new product development for new businesses.

The Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the Bower Ashton City Campus UWE, Bristol has been pioneering research in printing methods, technologies and practices since 1998.  Working with print practitioners, historians and industries, our mission is to contemplate, understand, innovate and disseminate research on all aspects of print history, practice, manufacturing and materials, from developing 3D printable ceramic materials to disruptive printing technologies and developing new inks.

In recognition of the quality and impact of our research, we were awarded a substantial grant in 2019 from Research England, following our application to their Expanding Excellence in England (E3) programme. The E3 grant is to enable significant expansion in our research capacity and reach.  We have grown from a small research group (6.4 FTE), to 26.6s FTE, with the objective to make significant changes and contribution to the future of printing through its four main strategic activities:

  • Transformative Technologies for Practice-led Design;
  • Innovative Print Techniques Reconstructing Historic Reprographic Methods; and
  • Novel Print Processes and Materials for Physical and Tactile Surfaces.
  • The Canon of the Artists’ Print from a Practitioner Perspective

Prof. Carina Parraman, Expertise: 2D, 2.5D and low relief printing technologies.

Senior Research Fellow David Huson, Expertise: 3D rapid prototyped ceramics, Continuous tone photo-relief printing, Materials development of ceramics.

Assoc. Prof. Susanne Klein, Expertise: Colloidal chemistry, Optics and 3D printing.