Four workshops will explore how innovative curatorial approaches to histories and practices of post-1960s contemporary art can contribute to the continuation of artists’ archives within institutional collections.

We will discuss a variety of curatorial approaches to restore, reactivate and articulate the ‘unruly’ material identity of contemporary art and the political/social agency of artists which are often oppositional to the systems embedded in institutional archives.

The workshops are initiated by Dr Judit Bodor and Adam Lockhart and co-convened with practitioners and researchers Prof. Heike Roms (University of Exeter), Patricia Falcao (Tate), Dr Hanna B. Hölling (University of the Arts London and Bern University of the Arts) and Dr Roddy Hunter (The Glasgow School of Art),. Guest contributors include Kevin Atherton (DJCAD), Professor Elaine Shemilt (DJCAD), Luke Fowler, Julie-Ann Delaney (Edinburgh College of Art), Prof. Andre Stitt (University of Cardiff), Benjamin Sebastian and Joseph Morgan Schofield (]performance s p a c e[), Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett (Furtherfield), Theresa Kneppers (South Bank University) and Artemis Gryllaki.

The workshop will interest researchers and practitioners engaging with alternative approaches to curating and committed to ensuring processual, multimodal, and socially and culturally engaged artistic practices are not omitted from canons of art history but are critical of normative modes and principles of curatorial practice.

Each workshop will last for 4 hours and include presentations, group discussions and group tasks. Participants will be expected to look at/read some relevant material sent to them in preparation for the workshops.

The workshops are free but places are limited. To register please follow the link.

The aims of the workshops

  • To develop an interdisciplinary environment for co-research bringing together artists, curators, archivists, conservators and publics who care for contemporary art archives 
  • To engage in discussions about possible modes and curatorial practice that are more equitable in terms of collecting, preserving and presenting practices and artworks that are unruly and therefore often get marginalised in mainstream histories and collections.
  • To identify and analyse curators opportunities in realising ‘living archives’ as sites of creative processes and as ‘dynamic’ resources for public interaction, education and research
  • To explore case studies of current practice in this area of research
  • To scope opportunities for follow up projects and a future interdisciplinary and international research network