Talks, Lectures and Events

Industry Innovation Discussion with Interface

9 November 2017

Time: 4pm-6.00pm

Price: Free

Free but ticketed, please reserve your place here.

To supplement this event, we are offering an exclusive tour with Napier University Design Department. Details and booking available here.


Edinburgh Printmakers are delighted to invite experienced printmakers and hobbyists alike to this industry innovation event, the first of its kind. Together with the agency Interface, we will discuss challenges or opportunities facing printmakers and explore the potential for academic research collaboration to develop innovative solutions. For example, challenges or new ideas in the operational process of printmaking, and how we can overcome the limitations that it can pose, and what mechanisms or technology could be developed to overcome this.

Caroline Parkinson of Interface will present current projects that she has developed with other creative practitioners to inform the dialogue. Edinburgh Printmakers will discuss how they embrace van-guard process research and will continue to do so in their future home, Castle Mill Works.

Discussion will be followed by a reception with refreshments and networking.

Interface is the agency established in 2005,  funded by Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise, to help industry with the creation and development of new products, services and processes by connecting businesses to the right academic expertise within Scotland.
In 2016 a sector engagement pilot project was supported by the Scottish Government to enable Interface to develop work with creative industries, food & drink, and tourism to identify common challenges or market opportunities leading to group innovation with the support of academic expertise.

Caroline Parkinson, has been appointed to the role and will present on the work of this Interface project to date with examples to stimulate discussion on the challenges and opportunities of printmakers in Scotland. She has worked on exciting previous developments projects with such outcomes and facilitating ceramicists to work with plastics engineers to develop biodegradable, recyclable new materials to replace ceramic and reduce energy use that is required firing up a kiln. 

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