Stephen Hoskins




University of the West of England, Bristol, England


Stephen Hoskins is Hewlett Packard Professor of Fine Print and Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England Bristol. A practising printmaker, his primary area of research is the potential of rapid prototyping and digital technologies for the visual arts. He has written two books ‘Water based Screenprinting’ translated into German and Chinese and ‘Inks’ both published by A and C Black. Stephen is Chair of the IMPACT International conference for Printmaking, on the editorial board of Printmaking Today, council member of the Association of European Printing Museums and ex-Vice-President of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.


A model for the collaborative studio in the 21st Century and the changing role of the Master Printer

Paper Abstract

What it might be!

This paper questions what the model of a collaborative studio might be, what it might look like and how - by examples - it might be found in the future. To answer these questions it frames a number of contexts, which the model might be influenced by or positioned within.
In this second decade of the 21st Century, I am fond of quoting the editor in chief of ‘wired’ magazine from an editorial article published in February 2010. (Anderson Chris, 2010)
‘Here’s the history of two decades in one sentence. If the past ten years have been about discovering post-institutional models on the web, then the next ten years will be about applying them to the real world’
How does this apply to the perceived role of the master printer? Which in itself begs three questions: Firstly, what is a master printer in a digital age? Secondly what constitutes a print for a master printer and artist to collaborate over? And, thirdly what does the term collaborative studio mean?
The third question will be answered by a short historical overview of the collaborative studio, which allows me to gain insight into my first two questions and supply the context for my initial quote. This will be illustrated by examples of current collaboration undertaken by the Centre for Fine Print Research in order to answer the first and second questions.


Tuesday 27 September


1.30 - 3.00pm





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