Art Archives Committee
What we do
The Art Archives Committee works to encourage best practice for archivists and information providers working with art and design archives and special collections and to promote the importance and value of such collections. The Committee runs training courses, seminars and study days and produces associated publications.
Who we are
Karyn Stuckey (Chair)
Archivist, Institute for Mechanical Engineers
Wendy Russell (Secretary)
Project Archivist (Ken Loach), British Film Institute
Tel: +44 (0)1442 876 301
Collections Manager, Black Cultural Archives
Tel:+44 (0)20 7582 8516
Charlotte Brunskill (Publicity Officer)
Archivist & Records Manager,
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Tel: +44 (0)20 7580 0311
Head of Archives, White Cube
Tel: +44 (0)20 7749 7476
Archives and Drawings Coordinator, Antony Gormley's Studio
Manager of Research Online at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and
Kaptur Project Officer at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7958 8193
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7078 5471
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.
Selected Web Links (Word)
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