As Archiving the Arts moves into the legacy phase, there are several ongoing partnerships and events which will be a focus for taking the work forward.
Archiving the Arts working group and events
Archivist as Interpreter was an event designed to explore the ways in which archivists and cultural heritage professionals interpret their collections.
It considered how to reconceptualise the idea of the archive, to draw in new audiences and the leading innovative practice already taking place. Key themes included:
- questioning how best to engage audiences who may never set foot in a reading room
- exploring the potential of archives collections for creative practitioners, educators and other cultural audiences
- offering archivists and curators new opportunities for collaboration
The event was aimed at archivists, curators, arts organisations, arts practitioners, researchers, students, academics and anyone with an interest in arts archives, interpretation, display and curation.
Archivist as Interpreter programme (PDF, 0.39MB)
Selected presentations and audio from the Archivist as Interpreter morning programme
Networking lunch, stalls and posters
- Dr Stephen Muir, Performing the Jewish Archive
- Association of Performing Arts Collections
- Design and Artists Copyright Society, Art 360
- Art Libraries Society Committee on Art and Design Archives
- Emma Whittaker, Plymouth University and James Brocklehurst, Plymouth University: Museum Games: The Lost Index
Selected presentations and audio from the Archivist as Interpreter afternoon seminars
Facilitating interest: Alan Crookham, National Gallery (PPT, 4.74MB)
Facilitating interest: Michael Takeo Macgruder, Artist (PDF, 7.89MB)
Selected presentations from the Archivist as Interpreter afternoon programme
An Archiving the Arts working group event by The National Archives, kindly hosted by The British Library.
With many thanks to all speakers, chair persons, facilitators, hosts and delegates.
Art360: The Gift and its Legacy, Goldsmiths, University of London, Friday 19 February 2016
10:00 – 15:45, Professor Stuart Hall Building London, SE14 6AD
As part of Art360, DACS and partners presented a conference exploring the long-term impact of donations by artists, artists’ estates, galleries and collectors in supporting the UK’s visual arts.
The Gift and its Legacy launched Art360, a major national initiative to safeguard the cultural heritage of British artists and artists’ estates supported by Arts Council England. Chaired by Richard Noble, Head of the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, the conference brought together experts from across the visual arts to provoke dialogue on the importance of these donations.
A summary of the event featuring audio recordings, social media commentary and photographs is now available online here: The Gift and its Legacy.
Over a three year period, Art360 will support 100 modern and contemporary artists in the UK with funding of up to £6,000 each. Participants will be given a range of expert advice and technical support in developing sustainable systems to manage their archives and legacies for the future. Up to thirty artists will be selected in 2016.
Art360 brings together the shared expertise of the following partners: DACS Foundation, DACS, The National Archives, Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England and regional archive hub partners such as Arnolfini, Nottingham Contemporary and Turner Contemporary.
Performing the Jewish Archive
In 2014 University of Leeds was awarded a grant of more than £1.5 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a collaborative project with the University of York and a range of international partners including The National Archives and British Library. Performing the Jewish Archive is designed to interrogate the ethics and principles of re-performing archival material, much of it in private collections. This includes exploring recently rediscovered musical, theatrical and literary works by Jewish artists with scholars and the public, and inspiring new creative activities and performances. The focus of the multidisciplinary team across four continents are the years 1880-1950 – an intense period of Jewish displacement – and the role of art in this upheaval. The project was launched at the first in a series of events at the British Library in January 2015: Archives into the Future.