AHRC Creative Economy Studentship: How can artists use new technologies alongside traditional print processes as part of a contemporary practice?

University of Edinburgh - School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art

Applications are being sought for a PhD candidate to undertake a study into how artists can use new technologies alongside traditional print processes as part of a contemporary practice.


The project will be located in the School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) Print Studio in Dundee.

DCA Print Studio is one of the world’s leading open-access print production facilities. The studio enables artists to explore and combine both traditional and contemporary printmaking methodologies, from traditional wood engraving to 3D printing and CNC fabrication.

The project is two-pronged: it allows the successful candidate to explore both new and old technologies and their potential intersections within the context of their creative practice and to develop methods of disseminating such insights and learning to a wider audience.

The project is guided by the following aims:

  1. To explore and utilise both older and cutting edge print technologies at DCA Print Studio within the context of a creative contemporary practice.
  2. To investigate how contemporary technologies can complement and extend the production possibilities of more traditional technologies.
  3. To apply the results of the investigation in the development of different models of dissemination in order to address diverse audiences:

a) within the context of DCA Print Studio (eg studio staff, artists, youth and school groups, interested members of the public)
b) more specialist audiences within the context of contemporary art (through exhibiting) and/or academic audiences through conference participation and publishing.

The project is underpinned by the following provisional objectives:

  1. The application and development of old and new technologies and their intersection within an individual contemporary art practice.
  2. The exploitation and further dissemination of such new knowledge through the development of short courses at DCA Print Studio for different audiences and in this way extending the remit of a public-access creative institution and its resources.
  3. The dissemination of such new, material knowledge in the established formats of an art exhibition as well as in the academic context through participation in conferences and peer-reviewed publication.


Applicants should have a 1st or Upper 2nd Class Degree, or international equivalent and a Masters qualification in a relevant discipline such as visual art/studio practice. Extensive professional experience may also be considered.

A record of engagement with, or interest in:

  1. both traditional printmaking techniques as well as cutting edge image technologies, such as laser cutting and CNC routing.
  2. pedagogical methods of disseminating such new practical skills to different audiences.

Funding details

Funded by the AHRC through the SGSAH for 3 years full time or 5 years part time study.

Tuition fees at UK/EU rate (£4,195 in 2017/18).

Maintenance award at RCUK rates (£14,553 for 2017/18) - for UK students only.

Further information and how to apply

Visit our website for further information and full details of how to apply.

Application closing date: 21 August 2017

Interviews:30 August 2017

Latest start date: 1 October 2017

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