The Artist in the Archive

A BFI initiative in association with Archives for Creativity and Arts Council England.

In early 2012 the archive centres of the BBC and the BFI played host to the first of a series of workshops for artists and arts organisations. The workshops were designed to meet the growing interest among artists in collaborations with film, TV and sound collections.

Speakers were drawn from the BBC, BFI, LUX and Smoking Dogs Productions, as well as artists Chris Dorley-Brown and People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett). The workshops were organised and chaired by Paul Gerhardt of Archives for Creativity.

The Artist in the Archive is an ongoing project. For the latest information and to join the mailing list, please contact us.


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What is the purpose of The Artist in the Archive?

  • To build relationships between artists and archives.
  • To support artists in developing access to major audio visual collections.
  • To support archive initiatives in making their content available to the cultural sector.
  • To address specific issues such as research, digital transfer and production, rights clearance, distribution and exhibition.

Paul Gerhardt’s introduction 

Notes on the audio

Audio recordings were made during the Artist in the Archive workshops by Chris Dorley-Brown. They have been optimised for online streaming, but the quality of individual recordings may vary.

The views expressed by the workshop participants are their own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the BFI.

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