Outcome Exhibition Banner, PR1 Gallery, PV 19th December 2017

Private View 19th December 16:00 to 19:00

The exhibition continues 20th December 31st January Monday to Friday 10:00 – 16:00 

I am extremely excited to invite you all to the private view of ‘Outcome’. An exhibition of three postgraduate projects based across Artlab Contemporary Printmaking Studios and Silicate Research Unit.


Invite to the Outcome Exhibition, PR1 Gallery Preston
Invite to the Outcome Exhibition, PR1 Gallery Preston

Over the past twelve months, I have been working at the University of Central Lancashire as an artist in residence on the Ph.D. Fellowship. Working with staff across a number of departments I have begun to develop a Ph.D. project and refine my practice-based research. The Fellowship has allowed me to develop my practice within an academic context and given me an opportunity to explore the diversity and sometimes restrictive nature of practice-based research. I am excited to be showing four new prints, ‘Intermezzo’ a screen print on Southbank Smooth and ‘Plateau Three’ a series of three new soft ground etchings on Somerset Satin.

Close up of Intermezzo, Screen print on Southbank Smooth, Jane Elizabeth Bennett, 2017
Close up of Intermezzo, Screenprint on Southbank Smooth, Jane Elizabeth Bennett, 2017

The exhibition also includes artists from the Artlab Fellowship, which I was awarded, in 2010. The Artlab Fellowship offers a graduate or postgraduate one years worth of access to the Artlab Facilities, to further develop their printmaking practice. This year’s cohort is showing experimental installations and contemporary prints.

Artists from the AA2A scheme will be showing as part of the exhibition. It has been a great networking experience to work alongside artists with such different practices, methodologies and career paths to my own. I really hope to work and exhibit with these artists in the future.

Screen Printing From Darkness to Light – Experimental Screen Printing

From Darkness to Light, Monochromes and Gloss

I have always enjoyed being experimental in my printmaking and enjoy having the subtle effect of over printing in the same colour; for example, white on white or gloss onto acetate. With pale colours, a shimmer or glowing effect can be achieved and I have always adored this.

This is the first time that I have begun to print with black ink on to black paper. As any printmaker knows the quality of the paper is imperative and quality black paper in a reasonable price bracket can be difficult to source and manipulate. For this reason, I have never experimented with it, but with new contacts made and research done, it is time to start experimenting.

Experimental Screen Printing Monochromes Gloss Rhizome
Developing the printing process, Jane Elizabeth Bennett © 2017 Screen printing.

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A Ph.D. Development Fellowship with UCLan

I have had a fantastic time during the last year, working hard on my Ph.D. Development Fellowship.

The Artlab Contemporary Printmaking Studios is about to close down for the annual Summer break, and most of the Academic staff have left to take on their own research projects. For me, this means that for me the Ph.D. Development Fellowship has come to a close. Over the last year, I have immersed myself in new texts, written proposals and grown a professional academic network; something that I think would have been difficult to fully commit to without the support and guidance provided during this time.

I’d especially like to thank the staff at the Unversity of Central Lancashire

Dr. Andrew Broadey

Tracy Hill

Magda Stawarska-Beavan

Bev Lamey

All that is left to do now is organize the Ph.D. Development Fellowship, Artlab Fellowship, and AA2A Programme Exhibitions which will take place in the PR1 Gallery between the 16th December 2017 and 11th February 2018. I look forward to showing prints and installed works from my ‘1000 Plateaus’ project.

1000 Plateaus, Jane Elizabeth Bennett, Etching 2017 ©

I’d also like to announce that, due to this fellowship I have exciting new prospects on the horizon! I will be announcing these projects over the coming year.

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Printing with Impurity and the Rhizome

As the academic year comes to a close and the printmaking studio empties of frantic students I have found some time to begin experimenting with impurities and the rhizome.

I have been very kindly given a number of large, lightly etched zinc plates. My usual practice is to, grain, aquatint and etch zinc multiple times with a deep bite, so the light etch would not interfere with my work, but as I occasionally laminate plates with photopolymer it is best to start with a neat surface.

Whilst graining the plates by hand, using a medium carborundum, block and sandpaper I removed a substantial layer of the original etch. As hand graining with a block is a laborious process I broke the monotony by periodically inking and printing the plates. I thought that if nothing else I would be left with a series of prints showing the reduction of an etch and the appearance of a ghost like ‘nothingness’.

intaglio, printmaking, etching, impurities, soft-ground experimental
Air dried hand grained zinc plates, UCLAN Printmaking Department

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PhD Fellowship Award

Fellowship Award for PhD Development

I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded a PhD Development Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire.

This Fellowship has been created to allow individuals a space in which to develop their PhD research question.

Since graduating from my Masters Degree in Site and Archive Intervention  I have wanted to undertake a PhD. I have however been more focussed on developing myself professionally and travelling extensively.

During my Master’s Degree, I explored several themes. Kant’s Sublime, Camus’ Absurdity and audience relationship to immersive installation. This research culminated in a large-scale interactive installation.


After graduating from my Masters with a high Distinction I have been left with a love of research. Now I have the ambition to enhance my practice with the knowledge and methodologies that researchers possess.

For this reason, I am pleased to have been awarded the PhD Development Fellowship, from the University of Central Lancashire.

The Fellowship will allow me access to the University of Central Lancashire’s Fine Art, Printmaking and Digital Facilities. The access provided will enable me to develop a new body of experimental work, that will inform my PhD research question.

I am most pleased to be returning to Victoria building which is the home of Art, Design and Fashion for the campus. The building houses a fantastic Printmaking facility staffed by two internationally acclaimed artists Tracy Hill and Magda Stawarska-Beavan. Since being granted the Fellowship, I have already designated myself a workspace and schedule. Over the coming weeks, I will be constructing more complex embossed works and advancing my practical printmaking skills.

In addition to the printmaking facility Victoria building is home to the Metal and 3D Workshop. The facility houses laser cutting equipment, specifically set to etch and cut perspex, a diverse material that I love to work with. I have a number of ideas for installations, sculptures and interdisciplinary works that will benefit from access to these facilities. I look forward to my induction into this workshop.

As part of the Fellowship, I will have access to the Hanover Building where Fine Art is situated.

Working in association with the Fine Art Department is something that I am particularly enthusiastic about. I will receive mentoring from academic staff in how best to prepare my practice for the rigours of a PhD and how to deliver my work within this context.

By working within this environment alongside staff and students, I will hone my established skill set and diversify my professional capabilities.

To say that I am grateful for the opportunity is an understatement, as is, to say that I am excited. I look forward to presenting new work over the duration of this Fellowship.