Dr Paul Laidler

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  • Qualifications:BA, MA, PhD
  • Position:Senior Lecturer: MA Printmaking / 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 a Senior Lecturer in MA Printmaking and BA(Hons) Illustration, and a research member at the CFPR. The main focus of Paul's academic activities stem from the close relationships that exist between technology, ideas and making in the graphic arts - particularly in the area of digitally-mediated print and its many offshoots.

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.

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 and The Print Centre Philadelphia. 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 External Examiner for the BA Fine Art in Contemporary Print Practice at the Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland.

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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