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Cecilia Mandrile - Solitary Objects, Collaborative Making 

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Cecilia Mandrile
Solitary Objects,

Collaborative Making


Sarah Barnes

Louise Jennings

Paul Laidler

Pete McCallion

Paul O’Dowd

Carinna Parraman

Linsay Proctor


This project was developed during the Collaborative Print Studio Research Fellowship at the Centre for Fine Print Research during 2014.


Preview and launch of Solitaire is on Thursday 4th December 3 - 4pm


Solitaire is published by Impact Press in collaboration with Gill Saunders & Ola El-Khalidi


Exhibition open day: Friday 5th December  10am - 6pm


Bower Ashton Gallery, F Block

Bower Ashton Campus UWE

Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol, BS3 2JT

Creative Industries Degree Show 2014 

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UWE Bristol’s annual Creative Industries Degree Show is a real highlight of the year, showcasing the outstanding work of more than 500 new graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate art, design and media courses

This exciting event offers a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this year’s finest creative talent with the public and employers, and provides inspiration for all who attend. See examples of this year's work on Pinterest.

Event details

The Creative Industries Degree Show takes place at Bower Ashton Campus near Ashton Court and Spike Island in south Bristol.

At the Bower Ashton Campus, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on exhibition include:

  • Animation
  • Art, Media and Design by project
  • Drawing and Applied Arts
  • Fashion
  • Filmmaking and Creative Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Journalism
  • Media, Culture and Practice
  • Multi-disciplinary Printmaking
  • Photography

Spike Island Studios are home to UWE Fine Art and Art and Visual Culture programmes, and BA(Hons) graduates will exhibit their work in the studios.

Opening dates and times

The Degree Show is open to the general public from 7 - 12 June 2014:

Friday 6 June (Private view): 18:00 - 21:00

Invitation only.

Saturday 7 June Open Day: 10:00 - 18:00

The Creative Industries Degree Show will be open as part ofUndergraduate Open Day on Saturday 7 June. If you are interested instudying Art, Design and Media at UWE, this is an outstanding opportunity to view the show, tour the Bower Ashton campus and Spike Island, and talk informally to current students.

General information about full range of Creative Industries programmes and support services will be available throughout the day.

If you would like to attend an Open Day, please register online.

Sunday 8 June: 10:00 - 18:00

Admission is free and no booking required for the general public.

Monday 9 June - Thursday 12 June: 10:00 - 20:00

Admission is free and no booking required for the general public.

Dr Cecilia Mandrile invited as the special international guest of the HEAA national exhibition MEGA PIXEL 2014 

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Dr Cecilia Mandrile has been invited as the special international guest of the Hungarian Electrographic Art Association/ HEAA ( national exhibition MEGA PIXEL 2014, 8-12 April 2014


As part of the exhibition  the art historian, Judit Sárosdy will give a presentation on Dr Cecilia Mandrile’s work and her recent book El Perfume de la Ausencia (The Perfume of Absence)  on Wednesday 9th April (6pm) at the ARTEN Gallery, 1052 Budapest’s, Régiposta street 5.


The Perfume of Absence, is the outcome of theoretical and creative research (1995-2013) that explores the fragmentation and fluidity of identity caused by prolonged periods of displacement and migrancy. As the Dr Cecilia Mandrile journeyed across Argentina, the United States, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, England, Croatia, Estonia, Belgium and Jordan, she systematically documented her evolving experience of displacement through the continual production and exhibition of small, fragmented, printed art works and artefacts, notably small dolls, created in different places using a laptop, digital printer and found objects: a portable studio. These ‘wandering prints’ and portable objects allowed Mandrile to explore the relationship between these processes of displacement and their realisation in art works and also to engage in an ongoing dialogue with academics, writers and curators from different countries and cultures concerned with new approaches to print media and the visual representation of migrant experience, who responded to the work presented in each site. This successive series of works that echo forwards and backwards, build towards a larger narrative: of fragmentation and dispersal but also the tentative possibilities of an eventual re-construction of identity.


The bilingual publication contains a series of essays and an overview by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which explore the significance Mandrile’s mobile works as a contribution to the enhanced knowledge and understanding of the visual aspects of nomadic practices in different cultures, addressing what Julia Kristeva in Strangers to Ourselves identified as the migrants’ ‘secret wound’ and Stuart Hall as the representative postmodern experience of displacement and the fragmentation of identity in an increasingly mobile, dislocated contemporary culture.

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.

CFPR Editions at Multiplied Contemporary Art in Editions Fair 

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CFPR Editions are pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting for a second year at the Multiplied Contemporary Art in Editions Fair. For those interested in all things print the prestigious fair held at Christies, London takes place between the 18th and 21st October 2013.

The print editions practice is part of the Centre for Fine Print Research here at UWE and specialises in digital print production and publishing for artists. UWE Research Fellow Dr Paul Laidler, who developed the publishing facility as part of his ongoing research into collaborative print practices and the evolving nature of the digitally mediated artefact, leads the editions practice.

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