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Publishing at the Visual Research Centre


The publishing area of VRC houses state of the art facilities for the production and editioning of artists’ books and prints. These facilities include a purpose built pre-press room with drawing area, darkroom and mac stations complete with the essential desktop software for all print publishing requirements. Large format digital and wet film outputs are available as are a variety of bookbinding and finishing solutions. The production centrepiece is the purpose built press room which houses a semi automatic screen printing system which enables the achievement of fine quality print with the potential for high quantity production.

The facility centres around the integration of traditional print knowledge with new and developing technologies. Essentially a project facility built on skills and experience with a remit to support the visual research culture of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

“The unique nature of the facility supports a developmental approach to project production, enabling practitioners engaged in visual research the opportunity to work directly and collaboratively with the appropriate specialists. It offers the opportunity to experiment within process in order to achieve the appropriate design realisation or alternatively a completely unprescribed outcome.”

Projects to date have included An Leabhar Mor/Great Book of Gaelic, commissioned by the Gaelic Arts Agency (Cannongate, (2002), Higher Still (prints for schools) and Voices of Scotland for the new Scottish parliament building.

Publishing Archive:

The VRC Archive houses 200 contemporary drawings and prints by Scottish artists including Ian Hamilton Finlay and Eduardo Paolozzi, and collection of printed works produced in house. There is also a comprehensive collection of contemporary Scottish artists books - see Centre for Artists' Books. For more information contact: Paul Harrison