In September 2022, the Centre for Print Research (CFPR) hosted IMPACT 12 multidisciplinary printmaking conference, The Printmakers’ Voice.
IMPACT stands for ‘International Multi-disciplinary Printmaking, Artists, Concepts and Techniques’. Over the past two decades IMPACT has evolved as Europe’s leading academic discourse on printmaking. Printmaking is now integral to the wider academic debate, through practice, theory, visual culture, and is studied across a range of programmes, from undergraduate to PhD around the world.
The hybrid event hosted online and in Bristol city centre aimed to have a therapeutic function, enabling attendees to listen to voices of other artists as well as sharing their own experiences.
The conference focused on six key themes:
- Post-pandemic Voice
- Touching and Touched
- Printability and transmutability
- The Printmakers’ Garden
- Breaking Boundaries
- Merging and Metamorphosis
The conference was attended by over 290 in-person delegates and over 100 online delegates. 41 Countries were represented by delegates at the event including participants from Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong and Australia.
Across our campuses and Bristol City Centre locations there were 120 solo and group exhibitions, private view events across the 3 days, and 17 virtual exhibitions. There were 3 key notes as well as 30 panels sessions across the event.
Experience the conference for yourself with the following videos:
- Keynote 1: Convergence by Rodrigo Arteaga
- Keynote 2: Letters to the Void by Tracy Hill
- Keynote 3: The State of Print, who kickstarted the event with a Twinning Ceremony and procession through the centre of Bristol.
- Walk through the exhibitions
Carinna Parraman, chair of Impact and director of the CFPR said, “The conference was an extraordinary coming together of printmakers across the globe – both in person and online. It was a great opportunity to listen to each other’s voices again by sharing and discussing ideas, seeing new works of art and curated exhibitions, and experiencing the richness and diversity of printmaking. It could not have happened without the effort and imagination of the CFPR team and the contribution made by the artists and delegates. Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful event.”
For those of you who enjoy the detailed data here are the numbers:
At IMPACT there were 293 in-person registrations, 111 online registrations, of which 41 Countries were represented: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Macau, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Namibia, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands and Wales.
- 120 solo and group exhibitions,
- 5 curated exhibitions,
- 3 keynote exhibitions,
- 17 virtual exhibitions,
- 3 keynote presentations,
- 30 panel sessions,
- 1 kick-off procession
The on-line REMO platform
- Lecture Theatre 1 was live for the full duration of the event (4 days). On average users spent around 441 minutes/7.3 hours on the platform. 1340 minutes/22.3 hours of broadcasting. 217 chat messages were sent. 90 clap Remojis were used.
- Lecture Theatre 2 was live for the full duration of the event (4 days) through 3 links, Friday, Saturday Morning and Saturday Afternoon. On average users spent around 356 minutes/6 hours on the platform. 505 minutes/8.4 hours of broadcasting. 124 chat messages were sent. 43 clap Remojis were used.
- The Garden was live for socialising for the full duration of the event (4 days). On average users spent around 54 minutes on the platform. 27 minutes of broadcasting (Picnic Talks). 19 users (15) viewed Yoga.
- The Gallery was live for the full duration of the event (4 days) and consisted of 3 rooms of 23 virtual exhibitions and links to the Summer of Print and Books digital content. On average users spent around 82 minutes on the platforms. 32 minutes of broadcasting (Exhibition Walks).