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RCA Printmaking Alumni at Impact 9 Conference and Hangzhou Print Biennale

RCA alumni had a strong presence in Hangzhou, China, at the Impact 9 International Printmaking Conference and the inaugural Hangzhou Print Biennale, including academic representation, exhibited works and events curated by recent RCA graduates.

The IMPACT biannual conference is the largest international academic and research forum in the field of print-media, bringing artists, designers, educators and curators from across the world. Jo Stockham, Head of RCA Print, said, 'It was fascinating and inspiring to see so many of our graduates in Hangzhou, and to see their work reacting and interplaying in the discourses of the conference – as printmakers, academics and curators. To see such a strong RCA presence in this global context demonstrates the extensive reach of the programme.' 

Print alumna Lisa Chang Li (MA Printmaking, 2014) curated the exhibition Repeat/Spiral at the Renke Gallery in central Hangzhou. Using traditional printmaking language as its reference point, the exhibition sought to explore the possibility for traditional prints to have a more profound and far-reaching impact on the art scene, against the backdrop of contemporary art development. The exhibition included work by Meiyi Wang (MA Printmaking 2015), Pauline Emond (MA Printmaking, 2014) James Seow (MA Printmaking, 2014) and Anastasia Mina (MA Printmaking, 2014).    

The British co-ordination of the 9th Impact International Symposium (2015) was led by Professor Steven Hoskins (MA Printmaking, 1980), Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Alumni presenting papers the conference included Professor Elaine Shemilt (MA Printmaking, 1979), Chair of Printmaking, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Art, and current RCA digital ceramic print researcher Dr Steve Brown (MA Ceramics, 2000).

Professor Jo Stockham, Head of Print in the School of Fine Art at the RCA, gave a keynote speech at the Impact conference opening, as well as a paper about scanning and technology in relation to the multiplied image, referencing the conference's overarching theme: 'Printmaking in the Post-Print Age: Critical and Creative Methods in the context of Contemporary Art and Society '. Dick Jewell (MA Printmaking, 1978), tutor in RCA Print, showed his work in the Resurrecting the Phantom: Print in the Post-Print Age at CAA Art Museum. Katsutoshi Yuasa (MA Printmaking, 2005) curated his own work alongside that of some of his Japanese students as part of the Impact conference exhibition.

Jo Stockham showed work alongside current staff and graduates in Intersecting Practice of Contemporary Printmaking in the UKa show curated by alumnus Jian Zhou (MA Printmaking, 2014) in the Museum of Contemporary Art, China Academy of Art. The show included work by RCA staff members Nicky Coutts, Finlay Taylor, Bob Matthews (MA Printmaking, 1998) and Oona Grimes. Alumni from several generations were also in the exhibition; Echo Morgan (MA Printmaking, 2013), Hadas Auerbach (MA Printmaking, 2014), Weixin Chong (MA Printmaking, 2014) and Joby Williamson (MA Printmaking, 2001).