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Photographs From Another Place: An Introduction

This will be an ongoing blog around a five-year personal project I’ve obsessively researched, based around a rediscovered family photographic archive. It will culiminate in an exhibition and interventions at the end of 2019 at The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.

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A Q&A with… Onyeka Igwe, artist filmmaker exploring resistance to colonialism

London-based artist Onyeka Igwe has mined colonial-era archives for three new films inspired by all-women protests against British rule in west Africa, currently showing together in the solo exhibition ‘No Dance, No Palaver’, in Hawick, Scotland. She discusses the spectre of the ‘colonial gaze’ and the ethics of archive research with Sonya Dyer.

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Blogger Q&A: Katarzyna Perlak, artist queering folk tradition

Katarzyna Perlak is this month’s featured artist on a-n’s Instagram. Her practice uses archival research and her own experience to apply queer and feminist readings to Eastern European history and tradition. Richard Taylor speaks to Perlak about her video and collage works.

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A shocking realisation after constant looking

I have been trying out a different approach to researching in the archives. Rather than spending my time reading and studying at the Cathedral I have been photographing the items and then reading and studying them at home and in […]

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Fracturing of Identity

Following on from my visit to the archives last week I have been spending time in my studio looking through the Admissions and Discharge Book for Dane John VAD Hospital. The book records 101 wounded men from 1916 -1918 and […]

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Artist in Residence – The Canterbury Journey

The Canterbury Journey is Canterbury Cathedral’s 5 year conservation project. This blog records the experience, research and work of Dawn Cole during her year long term as Artist in Residence in the Cathedral Archives for the Canterbury Jouney

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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: MoMA creates digital image archive of all its exhibitions, odds on next Tate director, and new UK arts minister’s first speech.

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studio and beyond

In the meantime… The studio work continues, drawings of objects made into assemblies, bringing together unusual bedfellows. Some of these had a public showing at the Blackwater Polytechnic Open Studios recently in the magnificent home of Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins. […]

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Piercing Its Roof

Thanks to this bursary I am having ongoing conversation/feedback with Michael Hampton, author of “Unshelfmarked – Reconceiving the Artist’s Book” and contributor to Art Monthly, Frieze, White Review and Uniformagazine amongst others. As our communication will eventually become a publication […]

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Week 102: 25th – 31st August

Historical inquiry relies on the archive for its material in order to build narratives and explore connections between events. “The origin of the word ‘archive’… stems from the Greek and Latin words for ‘town hall, ruling office’, which, in turn, […]

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Week 101: 18th – 24th August

This week I decided to consolidate my my own experiences of working in archives and collections by reading more about other artists working in this way, and particularly how these methods have been critically and historically received. One source of […]

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Week 7: 29th Oct – 4th Nov 2012

Pedagogy is the word of the week. It’s also reading week, or (un)reading week as it’s colloquially known here in the fine art department. This means that there is no formal teaching, which doesn’t really affect me, but did give […]

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