Safeguarding the cultural heritage of British artists

Art360, a new project to safeguard Britain’s cultural heritage by digitising the archives of 100 leading modern and contemporary British artists, has been awarded £250,000 by Arts Council England.

Over three years, the pilot programme will work with 30-40 artists each year, from both the Modern British canon (1900 – 2000) and contemporary artists active between 2000 – 2014. The artists will be invited to take part in a major research project to explore how cultural heritage in the visual arts can be safeguarded for future generations. They will be offered a range of expert advice and technical support in developing sustainable systems to manage their legacies for the future.

Led by DACS Foundation, Art360 will bring together an important partnership of shared expertise between DACS, The National Archives, the Art Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation.

Clem Brohier, Chief Operating Officer at The National Archives, said: ‘The National Archives is delighted to be involved in this programme. Our involvement in ART360 will allow us to gather and share knowledge of artists’ archives for inspiration and research, and deliver relevant guidance to artists on how to preserve their work for the future.’

This digital archive project will be supported with a series of regional events and conferences.

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