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Arrival from 10:00 with introductory speeches at 10:30
This conference will present a picture of the most exciting and innovative arts projects currently taking place in archives across the south west and provide archivists and artists with a chance to meet and discuss opportunities for working together in the future. Creative practice is a great way to unlock community interest in archive collections and archives contain a vast storehouse of inspiration for artists. The conference will focus upon the benefits that archivists have found from working with artists to engage communities develop more diverse research projects. The conference will include keynote speakers from archives, funding bodies and creative practitioners and a welcoming address by Carol Tullo, Director of Information Policy and Services. The conference will launch the first ‘Art in the Archives Handbook’ which will contain information on how to develop arts projects that respond to archives, how to use the arts to engage communities and create new deposits. The Handbook will also contain case studies and practical information on how to fund projects.
At the sign-up stage we would like to ask representative from archives to put together a few bullet points that highlight areas of their collections that they would welcome artists to respond to as well as any examples of work that they have already done. And for artists we have a few other questions – see below:
The Artist in the Archive Conference will showcase exemplar projects, with examples of innovation and creative practice. To support us to present an accurate picture of the south west and to highlight as many opportunities as possible we would like to ask you to provide some simple information where it is appropriate to yourself or your organisation.
If you are attending as a representative for an archive please can you answer the following questions?
1. Archives collections in the south west are diverse and fascinating; please describe a few example of collections that you hold which you would like to promote to artists:
Example: Earl of Cardigan Collection at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre which contains original watercolours, sketches and correspondence describing the Boer War.
2. Many archives have already undertaken projects with artists; please describe what projects you have undertaken:
Example: Verbatim Theatre project at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre working with staff, volunteers and customers – an examination of motivations and passion of people who work in the archive interlaced with the subject of their research.
If you are attending as an artist or someone interested in developing a creative project please can you answer the following questions?
1. What experience do you have of working within archives? If you have delivered a project please describe it below:
Example: One year residency in Bristol City Archive with workshops and community engagement resulting in the creation of textiles for permanent display in the archive.
2. What support do you need to develop?
Example: Help to understand the cataloguing system and help to understand the extent / content of the collections.
3. Do you have a project idea that you would like to share or that you would like help to develop on the day of the conference?
There is no charge to attend this conference, however you will need to book a place in advance as spaces are limited.
To reserve a place, at this conference please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org