Fine Art Digital Enviroments

The Personalised Surface within Fine Art Digital Printmaking

This two-year project led by Paul Coldwell & Barbara Rauch was funded by a grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and conducted through the FADE research project, Chelsea College of Art & Design, the University of the Arts London.

The project ran from 2007-09 and considered the role of the print surface and how the relationship to that surface can change when working digitally. The project used case studies as an aspect of methodology, documenting new work by Paul Coldwell, Bruce Gernand, Dan Hays, Tim Head, Christian Nold, Kathy Prendergast, Barbara Rauch and Sissu Tarka. The project culminated in a symposium at the V&A 3rd April 2009, with speakers Coldwell, Marilyn Kushner, Dan Hays, Gill Sauders, Barabra Rauch, Ruth Pelzer Montada, Catherine Mason Bruce Gernand and a conversation between Coldwell and Michael Craig-Martin.

Between 2007-2010 I worked as a research assistant for the Fine Art Digital Environment (FADE) research group at Chelsea College of Arts. I worked closely with the Principle Investigator, Prof Paul Coldwell, on a three-year major AHRC funded project entitled “The Personalised Digital Surface”. This practice-led research project considered the role of the print’s surface and how, when working digitally, the relationship to that surface can change.

Through the support of Prof Paul Coldwell developed my research for the project via a research grant from the Chelsea College of Arts Research Fund (£2000) to produce an exhibition of my work with Chris Poolman (chris+keir) and a two-day symposium “Digital Noise Symposium”, at the Stephen Laurence Gallery, University of Greenwich.

The FADE project culminated in a symposium and conference at the V&AICA, and the publication “The Personalised Surface: New Approaches to Digital Printmaking,” enabling me to develop the skills to manage the complexities of publishing and organizing symposia within universities in association with international art institutions. As an academic and artist, Professor Paul Coldwell (UAL) practices collaborative, rigorous, and conducted with the utmost integrity. My experiences working for and with Professor Paul Coldwell (UAL)have profoundly affected my understanding of what an academic can and should be. 


The personalised surface : new approaches to digital printmaking
Coldwell, Paul; FADE (Fine Art Digital Environment); Victoria and Albert Museum; The Personalised Surface : New Approaches to Printmaking Symposium (2009 : London, England); Chelsea College of Art and Design
Dan Hayes Interim report (Artist/ Researcher on the Project)