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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


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Calling all adventurers! Join UWE Bristol students and staff to create your own unique and enormous drawing. The technique combines continuous line drawing, GPS technology and the great outdoors. In fact, you don’t even need to pick up a pencil. Please remember to bring a fully charged Android or iPhone with you for the event.

There will be options to suit all ages and levels of fitness. We just ask that you come dressed for the outdoors, including sensible footwear and wet weather gear (just in case!) and a sense of adventure.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

UWE Bristol, Bower Ashton Campus
Kennel Lodge Road
Bower Ashton

All under-18s should be accompanied by a parent/guardian or responsible adults.

If you’re planning to bring a large group, please contact us before the event at the email below.

Contact details:
phone: 0117 328 4792

Bristol & Bath by Design  

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UWE Bristol, Bath Spa University and Bristol University are collaborating to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the value and impact of design in the city region in an 18-month project funded by the Design Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


Bristol & Bath by Design will create a regionally based team of experienced design researchers with extensive knowledge of design in the region. The universities bring further academic standing in related key areas: statistics, creative-sector microbusiness, and business development.


We are now recruiting the research team that will be managed by investigators from UWE’s Bristol School of Art & Design and Bristol Business School, University of Bristol’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Bath Spa University’s Bath School of Art & Design.

Bristol & Bath by Design offers the rare opportunity to work on an exciting and challenging multi-disciplinary project with wide reaching benefits for the region, academic and appropriate industrial communities.

Research Team Opportunities

UWE recruiting at

Research Fellow: Mapping Quantitative Econometrics Ref: 1430441

£31,342 - £37,394 18-month fixed-term post, starting November 2014

Research Project Officer Ref: 1430338

£27,864 - £31,342 18-month fixed-term post, starting November 2014

2 Research Associates: Field Research & Analysis Ref: 1430329, Ref: 1430330

£27,864 - £31,342 12-month fixed-term post, starting January 2015

Bath Spa recruiting at

Research Fellow: Design History Ref: 08/14/2074 

£31,342 - £35,256 12-month fixed-term post, starting January 2015


November start: closing date 15 September; interviews week of 29 September 2014

January start: closing date 13 October; interviews week of 27 October 2014

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.

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