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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

Bristol and Bath to be at centre of new design research project 

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Bristol and Bath to be at centre of new design research project

A new research project that will examine the use of design in businesses and public sector organisations in Bristol and Bath launches at Watershed in Bristol as part of First Friday on Friday 7 November from 3-4pm. It will also be launching in Bath on Friday 28 November at The Holburne Museum ‘Up Late’ from 4pm.  

The research project, Bristol & Bath by Design, brings together experts from the University of the West of England (UWE), the University of Bristol, and Bath Spa University, drawing on expertise in design, creative arts, business and law, and mechanical engineering. They will work together to undertake the first comprehensive analysis of design in the region. The project was initiated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Design Council. The Bristol and Bath area was selected for the study because it is a creative hotspot with strengths in the creative and digital economy. Together they offer a distinct regional focus with a population of 1.1m people. Further, each city has particular specialisms in which design is a vital element, for example aerospace and defence design, animation, gaming and media in Bristol, and architecture, publishing and graphic design in Bath. The interdisciplinary team will be led by Professor Stephen Hoskins, Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE Bristol. His primary areas of research are related to 3D printing and digital technologies and their potential for the arts. He is also a practising printmaker who has been involved in the creative arts and printing industry for over 35 years, including 20 years running a company.

He said:
“This dynamic collaborative partnership of universities and key sector organisations will measure the quantifiable impact of design in the Bristol/Bath city-region across sectors and scale: from engineering and product design to multidisciplinary studios, fashion, heritage, and applied design; from designer-makers and microbusinesses to large multinationals. We are thrilled by the creative sector support of this distinctive combination of econometrics, design history, field research and analysis which will create a robust map of the business of design – its volume, impact and cultural value - in the West of England, clustering around Bristol and Bath.”  

Professor Rick Rylance, CEO of the AHRC, said:
“The AHRC is delighted to embark on this new project with the Design Council. It is one of a number we are leading to understand the nature and contribution of the increasingly significant creative economy in the UK. The research will contribute to our support for design research, which is one of our strategic priorities, and we hope to be able demonstrate how design creates multiple economic and social benefits for the region through universities, businesses and policymaking. We are delighted to be working with the Design Council and other partners on it.”  

John Mathers, Chief Executive of the Design Council, said:
"The Design Council is delighted to be working with AHRC on this study, looking at the role and value of the design sector within the Bristol and Bath economy. Other research has shown how the creative economy underpins more industrial parts of the economy, and we hope this research will add something new to the picture, helping local and national policymakers to maximise the value the UK derives from its design strengths."    

About AHRC: The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to: or  contact Alex Pryce (AHRC) on 01793 41 6025 or 

About Design Council:
Design Council champions great design. For us that means design which improves lives and makes things better, improving our built environment and tackling complex social issues. As an enterprising charity, our work places design at the heart of creating value by stimulating innovation in business and public services. We inspire new design thinking, encourage public debate and inform government policy to improve everyday life and help meet tomorrow’s challenges today. For further information please contact Chris Finnegan, Marketing and Communications Manager at Design Council: 020 7420 5240,

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

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.

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