The Second Permanent Print symposium was held at UCLan’s Artlab Contemporary print studios and Silicate Research Unit from the 9th – the 13th of July 2015.

Following the successful first symposium we expanded the symposium to include more participants and offer places to artists and designers outside academic institutions. The first symposium explored a huge range of techniques and it was hoped that through further investigations we would be able to delve deeper into the subject to discover new processes and ways of working with a bigger team of ‘researchers’.
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Over the course of 4 days intensive practical experimentation on materials as diverse as Refractory concrete, ceramics, glass and metal expanding the possibilities of working with unconventional materials.  Through collaboration we were able to explore and invent new methods of creating image combined with form at the outset of the creative process. 

Working with pre-prepared cast refractory concrete and a variety of moulds invited artists were able to combine planographic process as well as relief surface.

Renowned enamel artist Ruth Ball joined the research team leading a workshop using vitreous metal and ceramic enamels on a number of substrates including metal, glass and refractory concrete. She explored the overlap that enamel printmaking techniques might bring to these very different materials.

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The symposium provided an opportunity to work with unconventional materials and a diverse group of artists.  The participating artists worked with high levels of enthusiasm, energy with a determination to expand their knowledge through research led practice. The professionalism demonstrated by all created an intensive period of learning using teamwork and collaboration at the heart of the research and investigation.

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