Re-shaping the Art School archive

Alumni Faith Cannon, Fine Art, has been working with the Canterbury archives to look at how it can be used in art today

Images from a sculpture show at Canterbury, 1989-1990

Images from a Sculpture Show at Canterbury, 1989-90

On starting this project using the UCA archive, it has made me aware of the potential collaboration with other Alumni artists from the past, and the possibilities for students today to use resources which are at their fingertips. Sometimes when you’re on a course you get so tied up with producing work and researching you forget that others have done this before – not just the famous artist, photographer, architect- but previous students. They can be an untapped resource to the artists block, a curatorial presentation or that planning for that ever looming Degree Show!

I thought I would give you a little taster of some the items I have photographed and how I have made new work from those early images. There are possibilities for others to get involved with our collaboration to heighten the use of the archival material.

New collage of past images

New collage of past images

Images from a Degree Show Into the Unknown 2007. New collage of past images from the archive.

Images from a Degree Show Into the Unknown 2007. New collage of past images from the archive.

This Catalogue was of a really high standard and would be of interest to the 3rd year students who may be planning their own shows this year. Please take a look as it is your moment to have some super images of your work.

Canterbury archive

The archives have such a creative depth of ideas to aid your own practice and development. I decided to invite others to get involved to see how they would use the past material. We asked the question ‘How could we promote the use of the archives?’ We used a mind map to channel ideas.


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This drew many interesting possibilities. One artist wanted to do a poster to promote the archives, another sketched the shapes into a design, others photographed details and images that fitted with their own practice. I decided to research one catalogue to see how long it would be until I found a person I knew, as this followed my own practice of continuum and connections. I researched some of the artists to see if after 25 years how their practice had changed. This drew me to look at the materials, processes and how they had evolved. I decided to sketch some of the images to see how the 3D sculpture would have been seen in a 2D form. Those initial ideas that artist create from pen on paper.

This collaboration between the past/present drew me to experiment with the images to see how I could manipulate them to create something new, and the research aspect fuelled the connections element of my practice – and there amongst the archives I found someone I knew!


Created by Faith Cannon and other contributors

Jo Robinson

Colin Pratt

Many Quy-verlander




Visit to the Dana Research Centre and Library.


The windows filtered the light and were designed on punch out cards and digital fingerprints.

CPD25 organised a visit to the Dana Research Centre and Library at the Science Museum in London last week as part of their ongoing events program. The event began with the acting head of Library and Archives, Nick Wyatt, giving an insight to the long and eventful history of the Science museum’s library and archive. Founded in 1883, he highlighted the Library’s initial independence, the joining with Imperial, it’s almost closure and demise to last year’s triumphant opening of the Dana Research Centre. He explained how the library was used during WW2 in a secret operation reprinting German scientific papers that had been covertly microfilmed in enemy territory and how the old reading room had been used in the filming of ‘The Ipcress File’ with Michael Caine. We discovered that the majority of the collection was stored in Wroughton, a world war airfield where books, journals, British patents, trade literature, maps and archives of individuals (like Barnes Wallace of ‘bouncing bomb’ fame) and organizations (such as Pearsons) could be accessed.

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Following Nick’s talk we were given a tour and introduced to the tidiest and quietest library that I’ve ever seen. The window running along one side of the building was quite spectacular. The daylight was filtered through two layers of punched out patterns that cast shadows across the seating area like dappled sunlight under a tree. It was a quiet and reflective place to study. The Librarian showed recent acquisitions including a stunning book of constellation maps bought at auction. Curators use this Library to research and source material for exhibitions at the Science Museum but it is also open to the public from Monday to Friday (10am-5pm) and is well worth a visit.

Tiffany Gregory


Freewheelers Inclusive Theatre – Talk and Screening

When: 11th February 2016

When: 13:00

Where: UCA, Farnham Campus, Ground Floor of Elaine Thomas Library

To who: Open to all

The Freeewheelers Inclusive Theatre Group are giving a screening and talk of theatre, films produced. Freewheelers based in Leatherhead, Surrey, and have collaborated with the English Touring Opera and National Theatre

Productions include the History of Disability in Surrey which was produced through research within the Surrey History Centre

‘Freewheelers are pioneers of a new and inclusive language for theatre. We work with disabled and non-disabled artists using theatre, dance, film, music and animation. We achieve high production standards alongside a person-centred approach. We entertain, innovate, collaborate and challenge perceptions. We surprise people.’



Noticed the new posters in Epsom Campus Library?

Epsom Library has had a re-vamp, have you noticed the new posters going up on the first floor? They are part of the Typographic Circle archive kindly donated by Senior Lecturer and Graphic Designer, Sallyanne Theodosiou.











The Typographic Circle was formed in 1976 to bring together anyone with an interest in type and typography.
They are a not-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers and stage a variety of type and typography related events including a series of diverse monthly lectures by well-known industry speakers, and the annual New York Type Directors Club exhibition. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in type and typography, and there are no entry tests or examinations.

The Epsom Archive is home to a large selection of posters for these events and can be viewed in the archive room from 2-3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time.

For more information about the Typographic Circle, visit

Tiffany Gregory