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Annual Miniature Print Exhibition 

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Our third year Masters in Multi-disciplinary Print students and staff have been busy printing editions of 60 miniature prints for an exhibition at Foyles bookshop in Cabot Circus, Bristol. 30 artists join the project each year to produce a ‘miniprint’ - maximum print 10 x 8 cm on 20 x 25 cm paper which is kindly donated by John Purcell Paper in London. The prints are divided into sets for the artists, and the remaining 30 are exhibited and sold to raise funds for the students degree show next year. We have a beautiful selection of miniature prints on show - the image here is of Corinne Welch’s miniprint - on the first floor of Foyles Bookshop (thank you very much Foyles!) until February, so please come along and have a look, and even better buy a print! They are £18 each and worth every penny.

Oral History in the Visual Arts 

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UWE’s Dr Matthew Partington has co-edited Oral History in the Visual Arts with Linda Sandino, Senior Research Fellow at Victoria & Albert Museum, London. This book resulted from the 2010 Oral History Society Annual Conference (which Sandino and Partington were co-convenors of) and was published by Bloomsbury Academic in August 2013.  

Interviews are becoming an increasingly dominant research method in art, craft, design, fashion and textile history. This groundbreaking text demonstrates how artists, writers and historians deploy interviews as creative practice, as 'history', and as a means to insights into the micro-practices of arts production and identity that contribute to questions of 'voice', authenticity, and authorship.

Through a wide range of case studies from international scholars and practitioners across a variety of fields, the volume maps how oral history interviews contribute to a relational practice that is creative, rigorous and ethically grounded. Partington’s essay 'Oral History and Research Ethics in the Visual Arts' is the concluding chapter to the book. Oral History in the Visual Arts is essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners across the visual arts.

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