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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,


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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.

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