FOUND: New Art Gallery Walsall

Last night saw the private view of New Art Gallery Walsall’s new exhibition: FOUND. The exhibition featured seven artists (Paul Chiappe, Julie Cockburn, Ellen Gallagher, Ruth Claxton, John Stezaker, Vesna Pavlović and Erik Kessels), all of whom transformed and re-worked found, visual material.  It featured photographs, postcards, slides and magazines – all gleaned from the…

Walking the Corridors: Archival Photography

Part IV: Walking the Corridors:  Williams, Power and McKee. This is the last installment on ‘Building the Archive’, a symposium designed to highlight, promote and understand the connections between ‘Art’ and the ‘Archive’, or more specifically – Photography and its relationship with its own aftermath; the static stores of libraries, galleries and museums.   It has…

Understanding the House: What does ‘Archive’ Mean?

I had intended to stop at three installments – ‘understanding the house’, being the last piece on the ‘Building the Archive’ symposium.  However I felt Professor Golding’s talk had so much information, so many points for further thought, that it left plenty for the reader to mull upon.  It was a fantastic talk in its…

Building the Archive: An Archive of Our Own?

Here, in true Archival fashion, I wish to offer up a record of the ‘Building the Archive’ Symposium – a day, in response to Birmingham Library’s ‘Reference Works Photography Project’.   This was a set of commissioned photographic reactions to the transformation of Birmingham’s 1970s building, into its present, ‘modern’ form.   The photographs would, after public…