Promoting excellence in library and information provision for the visual arts, architecture and design

Committee for Art and Design Archives

What we do
The Committee for Art and Design Archives works to encourage best practice amongst those working with art and design archives including archivists, librarians, curators and artists. It aims to promote awareness and understanding of such collections amongst researchers and information professionals and to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue about their management, care and exploitation. The Committee works both collaboratively and independently putting on training days and workshops, organising visits and producing publications

Who we are

Wendy Russell (Chair)
Curator - Scripts, Documents & Ephemera
Wendy is an archivist with a specialism in film-related documentation. She joined the BFI as Project Archivist for the Ken Loach Collection, subsequently becoming Curator of Scripts, Documents & Ephemera. Wendy has previously worked at the Archives Centre at the University of the Arts London, working with collections such as the Thorold Dickinson Collection and the Stanley Kubrick Archive. Additionally she has worked independently on a project with the archives of a retired British psychoanalyst, with whom she also undertook an oral history project. Wendy has an MA in Archives and Records Management (UCL), as well as an MA in Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought (Sussex) and a BA in Contemporary History (Sussex).
Tel: +44 (0)1442 876 301

Sophie Greig (Secretary)
Head of Archives, White Cube
Sophie Greig is Head of Archives at White Cube. Sophie received a BA in Spacial Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 1997 and a certificate for Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie's 1998. When she joined White Cube in 1998 her time was shared as part-time assistant to Sam Taylor-Wood (now Sam Taylor-Johnson) and part-time assistant to the Head of Press, Publications and Archives before working full time within this department until 2001 when the department was split and she became Head of Archives. She has watched the reputation of the gallery and the artists it represents such as Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst blossom during her years there.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7749 7476

Meirian Jump (Publicity Officer)
Archives and Drawings Coordinator, Antony Gormley's Studio
Meirian is an archivist specialising in artists' archives. She graduated from UCL with an MA in Archives and Records Management having previously completed an MA in Twentieth Century British History at Queen Mary, University of London and a BA in Modern History at the University of Oxford, where she pursued her research interests in twentieth-century British and Spanish history. She was Archivist and Catalogue Manager at the Estate of Barry Flanagan from 2010 to 2012 and currently works as Archives and Drawings Coordinator at the Antony Gormley Studio, London

Andrew Gray
Manager of Research Online at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and
Kaptur Project Officer at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Andrew Gray is currently the manager of LSHTM Research Online, the online research repository for London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is now also working on Goldsmiths Research Online the research repository at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has previously worked on projects dealing with the digital representation of visual arts material as part of the JISC funded projects Kultur, Kaptur, Keep-It and ADM-OER in Visual Arts. He has worked at various other institutions including University of the Arts, Greenwich, Queen Mary, Kings College and Gray’s Inn Law Library. Areas of expertise include repositories, open access, copyright and research data.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7958 8193
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7078 5471

Sue Breakell
Archivist and Research Fellow, University of Brighton Design Archives
Sue Breakell is Archivist at the University of Brighton Design Archives and a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. She holds MAs in Archive Studies and the History of Art. She has worked extensively in visual arts and museum archives, including as head of Tate Archive and as War Artists Archivist and Museum Archivist at the Imperial War Museum. Earlier in her career, she was the first Company Archivist at Marks and Spencer plc. In her current role she is both an archivist and a researcher, in archival practice and in twentieth century art and design history.

Alan Crookham
Research Centre Manager, The National Gallery
Alan holds an MA in Archives from the University of Liverpool. After five years working at the University of Warwick, he became the Curator of Gallery Records at Tate in 1999 before moving to take up the position of Archivist at the National Gallery in 2005. In August 2013 he moved into a new role managing the National Gallery Research Centre. His research interests include the history of the National Gallery, general museum history and theory and curatorial interpretations of archives and works of art.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 2831

Dr Nayia Yiakoumaki
Curator Archive Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery
Nayia is a curator and artist. Since 2005 holds the post of Curator Archive Gallery at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. She holds a BA and an MA in Photography and in 2009 she completed a PhD in Visual Arts at the department of Curating, Goldsmiths, London with the title Curating Archives, Archiving Curating.
Nayia is currently the Project Manager of the Neon Curatorial Exchange, a platform funded by Neon Foundation in Athens, GR and coordinated by the Whitechapel Gallery, which fosters professional relations between emerging UK and Greece based curators.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7522 7879

Past Events

The Archivist as Curator: exhibiting collections, from conception to realization and review

Where: White Cube, Bermondsey Street, London.

When: Thursday 23 May, 2013, 10.30-17.00

This study day explores the practice of displaying archive material in hard-copy and digital format, from the conception of an idea/theme through to post exhibition feedback and analysis. It covers how to identify the most appropriate platform for display, who to involve, how to select and prepare material, promotion and feedback as well as a range of practical concerns such as conservation, insurance, and copyright. The speakers are all experts in the field having, between them, a wide range of experience planning and exhibiting multi-format archival material, including photographs and audio-visuals, in a variety of ways.

For further information and to book a place go to the Events Page


All This Stuff: Archiving the Artist. 2013
All This Stuff: Archiving the Artist explores the documentation of the creative process. From their different viewpoints, fifteen leading artists, archivists and art historians, reflect on ways that artists and archivists deal with 'all this stuff' and how artists manage and relate to their own archives.

Introduced by Clive Phillpot, All This Stuff includes artists and writers such as Gustav Metzger, Bruce McLean, Barbara Steveni, John Latham, Barry Flanagan, Edward Burra, Penelope Curtis and Neal White.

All This Stuff: Archiving the Artist breaks new ground in the field of archive theory, documenting the innovative ways in which the arts are challenging the distinctions, processes and crossovers between artworks and archives. This critical reexamination exemplifies how the field of art archiving is changing theory and practice and our understanding of what an archive is, or could be.

Valuable insights are given into the archival process, addressing questions about what material artists should be keeping and what may happen to it after it has been accepted by an archival institution. This book also explores how archives can be made accessible using original and non-traditional approaches, and the unpredictable ways in which they may be recontextualised, explored and interpreted in the future.

2013 ISBN 9781907471766. Price: 25

For more details and to a see a list of all ARLIS/UK & Ireland publications go to the Publications Page

First Steps in Archives: a practical guide. 2004
This publication is a straightforward introduction to the key principles of archive work and is designed for anyone whose collections include archive material but who has no formal training in this area. It includes contributions from experienced archivists on the core subjects of acquisitions and appraisal, cataloguing, preservation, reader services and marketing, as well as a glossary of archive terms. ISBN 0951967495. Price: 25 for ARLIS/UK & Ireland members; 30 for non-members

To order a copy and to a see a list of all ARLIS/UK & Ireland publications go to the Publications Page

Selected papers presented at the Art Archives Committee 2007 study day entitled The Archival Impulse: Artists and Archives are available online in:

Tate Papers, Issue 9, Spring 2008.

Useful Links

Selected Web Links (Word)

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