This post explores some ways that UCA Fine Art students and staff have used archives within Fine Art projects
Five BA Hons Fine Art Artists from UCA are currently putting on their debut exhibition in UCA Maidstone Campus, which involves using images from the Maidstone College of Art archive. This project will also explore sound art in the form of oral history, of the Maidstone College of Art alumnis. The exhibition will provisionallyt take place on the 18th-22nd March 2013. For news of their progress follow their blog here http://fiveartfuse.wordpress.com/
Lucy Harrison, Fine Art lecturer at Canterbury UCA, has also undertaken work into archives and libraries. This includes a A partial and ongoing collection of east London clubs and societies, commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation to anticpate the opening of a new North Park community hub in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the summer of 2013. This can be accessed here http://aclubcollection.tumblr.com/
This also includes the Library Archway project. This was a residency at Archway Library, London, between September 2012 and January 2013, part of Hostings / A Million Minutes. Two newspapers and an audio tour of the library, read by a member of library staff, were launched at the end of the project and are available in the library.
Louisa Love, a Fine Art third year student at UCA Canterbury, has also curated a display with digital prints from the Tessa Boffin archive
Examples from other institutions include the Kingston School of Art oral history project accessible http://www.kingston.ac.uk/alumni/news-and-events/alumni-stories/2012/august/23-ksa-project/