Professor Carinna Parraman

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  • Qualifications:2009 PhD ‘The Development of Alternative Colour Systems for Inkjet Printing’, UWE, Bristol 1993-1995 MA Printmaking, Camberwell School of Art, University of the Arts, London 1986-1989 BA (Hons) Fine-Art Printmaking & Art History, Winchester School of Art, Southampton University
  • Position:Director of the Centre for Print Research
  • Department:ACE - Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Telephone:+4411732 85806
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About me

Dr Carinna Parraman is Professor of Colour, Design and Print, and Director of the Centre for Print Research (CFPR) Frenchay Campus. As Director of CFPR, she leads a cross-disciplinary research team comprising scientists and technologists, designers, artists, and researchers. 

She is PI of a £7.7m Expanding Excellence in England (E3) fund, exploring the future of printing and fabrication, new ways of thinking and working, alongside traditional methods of making. The fund is enabling Carinna and the team to re-envision the Centre's direction, its long-term strategy, working with industry to undertake cutting-edge research. 

A recent project is the Artists in Residence programme at the CFPR, enabling international artists to collaborate with the team to create new works and films, and culminating in the Cabinet of Curiosities - a multifaceted touring artists' exhibition that can be assembled anywhere. 

Carinna is a member of the Research Ethics Committee. She is an advocate for the City of Bristol - working with the School of Art and Design and Arnolfini on the Art of the Maker series and forging partnerships across Bristol.

Outside of the University, she is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, a committee member of the Colour Group Great Britain, and Chair of the IMPACT international multidisciplinary printmaking conference. 

She contributes articles to Printmaking Today, is the Editor of the Impact Printmaking Journal and presents at the Impact Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference. Professor Parraman's presentations have included Photomechanical Prints: History, Technology, Aesthetics, and Use, Washington, November 2023; keynote for IS&T's Printing for Fabrication (2020); workshop lead for Colour Imaging Conference on: Colour in Art (2020), invited speaker for The Imaging Conference Japan (2019); APPAMAT - Material Appearance Workshop, Sorbonne University, Paris (2019)

Since 1999, she has achieved external grant income totalling £11.5M, including UK research councils, EU, contract research, match-funding through collaborative research, and sponsorship. Recent large external awards include: (2019-2022) Research England, Expanding Excellence (E3) Value £7.7Million; (2018-22) Appearance Printing - European Advanced Research School, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018). Value 4,309,911.72 Euros – consortium Co-I and scientist in charge of WP4 and WP6; (2012-15) Marie Sklodowska-Curie Initial Training Networks (FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN): Colour Printing 7.0: Next Generation Multi-Channel Printing.  Value £2,094,288 - Project Lead.

She is currently supervising 9 PhD researchers.

Area of expertise

Professor Parraman is a specialist in colour printing and Red-Green-Blue (RGB) pigment printing; 2.5D or texture printing; photomechanical methods for image making; new creative approaches for inkjet printing; photomechanical print history; the appearance of colour and materials and how these are captured and reproduced in paintings and photographs; colour theory and perception within the fields of fine art, design and industry, and in particular the craft of the digital. Her professorial lecture, hosted by Arnolfini, was an articulation of her practice, and distillation of her research career.

She has collaborated with global industrial and HEI partners in the fields of colour science, museum conservation, manufacturing and, art and design. Her body of work has attempted to address a significant need for research, instruction and innovation in the European printing industry by training a new generation of printing scientists who will be able to assume science and technology leadership in this traditional technological sector. 

Her published research is highly-cited by academics and industry leaders and is widely disseminated through participatory research, contribution to policy-making fora. 

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