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The Artist in the Archive workshops

Image: BBC in the East End 1969-1973 by Chris Dorley-Brown

  • Are you an artist thinking about working with moving image collections?
  • Does your organisation want to forge closer links with film and TV archives?
  • Are you interested in how our national archives work and how they are planning for public access?

The Artist in the Archive is a short programme of free workshops to meet the growing interest in collaborating with film, TV and sound collections, particularly those held by the BFI and the BBC.

A BFI project in association with Archives for Creativity and supported by Arts Council London, the workshops will be held in early 2012. Speakers will be drawn from the BBC, BFI, LUX, Smoking Dogs, People Like Us and Archives for Creativity.

Each workshop will include:

  • understanding moving image and sound archives
  • building relationships between archives and artists
  • existing archive collections of arts and moving image
  • the artists’ needs, from searching for content, through to digital production, and to opportunities for exhibition
  • case studies by artists who have worked with BBC archives
  • advice on managing rights clearance
  • archive tours

Each workshop is free, including lunch and an archive tour, and will follow the same programme. Please sign up for no more than one workshop. Places are limited, and you are advised to register soon.

Register at

Please note: the 18 January workshop is now fully booked. Some places are still available on the three remianing dates.

Workshops 1 and 3: (18 January and 1 February) - at BFI National Archives. 

Workshops 2 and 4: (25 January and 8 February) - at BBC Archives in Perivale, London.

Detailed joining instructions will be emailed nearer the time.

For further information please contact Paul Gerhardt at

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