Dr Paul Laidler

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  • Qualifications:BA, MA, PhD
  • Position:Program Leader MA Design & Senior Lecturer in BA Illustration
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 84988
  • Email:Paul.Laidler@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Paul is the Program Leader for MA Design, a Senior Lecturer in BA(Hons) Illustration and has fifteen years of experience as a practice led researcher exploring the production of digitally mediated artefacts with artists and designers. These academic activities also contribute to Paul's ongoing practice as a visual commentator exploring the role of narrative and fiction within objects and materials.

Paul has published a number of peer reviewed journal articles, conference papers, curated exhibitions, presented lectures at national / international venues and is an associate editor for the Intellect Journal 'Drawing Research Theory Practice'. He is the founder, publisher and academic lead for CFPR Editions (a fine art print publishing studio within UWE) and has received external research funding for leading projects - such as two REACT (Research & Enterprise in Arts & Creative Technologies) grants that connect app technologies with printed matter. Paul's most recent Research Investment Scheme funding will see him exploring the use of A.I. in narrative based practices.

His artworks have also been recognised both nationally and internationally through a series of juried exhibitions and included in collections at The V & A, Tate Britain, RWA, School of the Art Institute Chicago, National Gallery of Australia Canberra, The Museum of Avant-garde Switzerland and The Print Centre Philadelphia. Paul has also undertaken artist residencies at The University of Texas at Austin USA, Griffith University Queensland Australia and The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy Wroclaw Poland. Collectively Paul's research and practice based projects feed into a number of undergraduate and postgraduate disciplines within Art and Design. Paul ​holds fellowship status within the Higher Education Academy and has supervised two PhD students to completion. He is also the an external examiner for the BA (Hons) Design Practice course at the CCW and Nanayang Academic of Fine Art, Singapore (in partnership with UAL).

Area of expertise

Paul’s research is primarily concerned with the impact of digital technologies upon the rol​​e of artist, designer and maker in post digital practices. His approach to research draws upon practice related inquiries that are fostered through studio based productions. His area of expertise is rooted in the collaborative print studio model and the realisation of digitally mediated prints for artists. By investigating and documenting the holistic nature of creating printed artifacts within a fine art context Paul's PhD explored the role of the Master Printer in the digital age. Therefore the research examined whether, through the increased democratisation of technology, the role is still significant. It also studied how the Master Printer may mediate the work and whether this is still acceptable or necessary.


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