Head of Programme Welcome

Professor Jo Stockham, Head of Print

In this expanded field, global histories of media, craft, mechanical and digital (re)production are all open to question. Embracing very different ways of thinking and making, we engage with the digital and physical circulation of images; exploring the differences of virtual space vs hard copy and questioning how shifts in the register of different media affect our lives.

Many students use archives, image and text, appropriation, and work in all media, from books to installations, webpages to hard copy print of all kinds. Why, in the context of digital ubiquity, is there still interest in direct material engagement with ink and paper? What value does the hand-drawn trace have in our digital age? Are there already too many images in the world? Why make more? 

We aim to develop the potential of each student in ways appropriate to individual concerns, encouraging both thinking through making and conceptual understanding of how work communicates. 

Staff (all practising artists) and students work together within this dynamic flux of difference, questioning established narratives and reinventing print. 

The Programme offers:

  • a critical context to understand the field of print through making, exhibiting, publishing, discussion and writing
  • individual desk space 
  • internationally renowned, purpose-built print workshops
  • opportunities for a teaching or workshop placement, external exhibitions, overseas travel and international exchanges
  • an annual collaborative publishing project 
  • an annual student-led event
  • introductions to archives, print collections and editioning workshops.

"This unique programme provides inductions to all print processes supported by specialist technical instructors, alongside a critical discourse fostered by a team of practising artists."