The Royal Academy Schools, the only independent three year postgraduate art school in the world, has appointed Guler Ates and Barton Hargreaves as its first Epson digital print media tutors.
The Royal Academy Schools has had a collaborative relationship with Epson for some years, and for the last 12 years the unique luxury of its own purpose-built Epson Digital Media Suite.
The Epson Digital Media Suite is equipped with Epson’s full range of Stylus Pro large-format inkjet printers, Epson inks and media and is used by students to produce high-end and experimental artworks using digital technologies.
Ates and Hargreaves supervise all the work in this area, guiding students through the possibilities of a project, instructing on related software, facilitating projects and teaching how to use the equipment. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for the creation of their own digital prints, banners, photos and light box imagery as well as supplying post-production film positives, which supports the other traditional printmaking mediums such as etching and screen printing.
Before becoming Epson tutors, Ates and Hargreaves both worked as Digital Fellows within the Academy, gaining valuable experience in advanced digital technologies and researching the potential of the Epson printers. Prior to this they both graduated from the Royal College of Art’s specialist MA Fine Art printmaking department and have since developed respected reputations as young professional artists.