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Archiving Contemporary Art: A Workshop

  • Art360 Foundation 33 Old Bethnal Green Road London, England, E2 6AA United Kingdom (map)

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About the event:

Attendees explored some of the practical approaches and theories of archiving contemporary art, with the help of the unique perspectives of Art360 Foundation artists, archivists and experts in the field.

Our all-day workshop was a fantastic opportunity for attendees to engage in dialogue with a range of experts on the timely subject of archiving, and raise questions on the challenges and outcomes of creating an archive. Amongst others, the event included artists, archivists and other professionals participating in the Art360 Project, which equips artists and estates with the practical tools and guidance to create accessible and engaging archives.

Through personal accounts, explored:

  • The complexities of archiving challenging media, such as performance art, photography and ephemeral material

  • The collaborative relationship between artists and archivists in a studio setting

  • Archives and the concept of value

  • Digitisation

  • Creating dialogue between artists, archivists and institutions to form archives of the future

The event was a valuable professional development opportunity for artists, estates, archivists, galleries, museums and more.

Our expert speakers included:

  • Maya Balcioglu, Artist

  • Mel Francis, Archivist

  • John Hilliard, Artist

  • Stella Keen, Artist, Jeff Keen Estate

  • Victoria Lane, Art Archives Consultancy

  • Tito Magrini, Archivist

  • Hayley Newman, Artist

  • Paul Rousseau, Curator, The John Deakin Archive

  • Judy Vaknin, Art Archives Consultancy

  • Mark Waugh, Art360 Foundation

Click here to read our speaker biographies.

Click here to view our detailed event programme.

More information:

The Art360 Project has created a valuable network of experts in key areas, including archive valuations, digitisation and conservation. We are looking to share the knowledge accumulated through our activities, and to stimulate ongoing conversation on these vital subjects as they evolve with technological innovations.

Our inaugural workshop will be a unique opportunity to gain insight into an increasingly pressing but under-researched field of enquiry. We hope to create a thought-provoking forum for discussion and bridge dialogue between institutions, artists, estates and archivists.

“As a child, and now an adult I continue to be inspired by the lives of artists. My own personal life story is unique and I would like to begin the process of sharing it through the cultural history of my work.”

- Hayley Newman, Art360 Foundation artist

“Without a public showing, documentation or works in private or public collections the entirety of my practice remains in the margin, unseen and unavailable.”

- Terry Smith, Art360 Foundation artist

The Art360 Project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It brings together the shared expertise of Art FundDACSThe Henry Moore Foundation and The National Archives.

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