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Jane Sampson is a practicing artist and specialist Fine Art printmaker. She is well known as a facilitator and promoter of printmaking in its many forms. In 2000 she was founder and co/director of Brighton Independent Printmaking (BIP) in Brighton. In 2010 she founded Inkspot Press, in Hove, which she runs independently. The studio runs as an open access space, with access to specialist equipment and tuition enabling other artists and designers to develop their work through screenprinting, letterpress, photopolymer etching and photo lithography and also reaching out via workshops and classes to interested individuals, schools groups, organisations that work with people with learning difficulties and facilitating teambuilding workshops for marketing and design companies. She has received several Arts Council awards and grants for her workshop.

 Her academic teaching reflects her own interests in incorporating both analogue and digital techniques to explore the unique possibilities inherent in combining print media. She has a particular interest in photographic imaging and its relationship with drawing and mark making as new digital technologies are making it increasingly accessible. She has been teaching printmaking since the 1980’s when she was the first academic research assistant to have been appointed to a Fine Art department (Brighton Polytechnic).The subject of her research being to explore photomechanical printmaking techniques.

 In her personal work she creates images that carry a narrative using photomontage and collage from many different sources. Often these a contain a mixture of found images and her own photographic and hand rendered imagery. This library of iconography is constantly being re-used, re-combined and manipulated through different print media. She exhibits regularly and most recently was awarded the John Purcell prize at the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in London.

 Current research interests involve a collaborative project to produce a body of work entitled “The Machine Made Landscape” The proposed outcomes include a print based gallery exhibition, an ongoing website dedicated to the project, interactive works and moving image works. The principal focus of the work is how technology is used to make and distribute images of the world around us, from the ubiquity of the aerial image to the tourist snapshot and the low definition internet image. We are exploring the questions raised by the technologically failed image or ‘obstructed seeing’ whereby the more immediate the images become, the less there is to see. Also the depiction of landscape as a cultural image when it exists as “flickering text on a screen whose meaning can be created, extended, altered, elaborated and finally obliterated by the merest touch of a button” (Delue & Elkins, Landscape Theory 2010).

Education/Academic qualification

CNAA PG dip printmaking, Brighton Polytechnic


Award Date: 31 Jul 1982

Master, English Art and Literature, Barber Institute, Birmingham University


Award Date: 31 Aug 1979

Unknown, CNAA PGdip , St. Lukes College, Exeter

30 Sept 197631 Dec 1977

Award Date: 31 Jul 1977

Bachelor, English/Fine Art combined hons., University of Exeter

30 Sept 197331 Jul 1976

Award Date: 31 Jul 1976

External positions

External examiner, Buckinghamshire New University

30 Sept 200831 Jul 2011

Short Course tutor, Westdean College

30 Sept 2006 → …

Degree validation panel, Open University Milton Keynes

30 Sept 20011 Jun 2004

Research Assistant, University of Brighton

1 Sept 198231 Jul 1984


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • printmaking
  • NE Print media
  • NX Arts in general
  • PE English
  • D901 Europe (General)
  • History of Art
  • CB History of civilization
  • TR Photography
  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
  • ND Painting


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