In Our Minds Exhibition and Workshop at The National Archives.

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We are excited to announce The National Archives will be hosting a workshop and talk “Using archives in your creative practice” to be held on Tuesday 4th April 2017.  You can find full details and how to sign up here.

The talk will include contributions from UCA students and staff who will talk about their experiences producing creative work in response to records related to mental health held at The National Archives and UCA Archives and Special Collections for the In Our Minds Exhibition. There will also be an opportunity to see the In Our Minds touring exhibition in partnership with The National Archives.  Full details about the project can be found on The National Archives blog.

The In Our Minds project 2016 was part funded by Friends of The National Archives and University for the Creative Arts.

Carryl Church – Acting Archivist.

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In Our Minds Exhibition – Artists Talk

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In Our MInds Exhibition Artists Talk will take place in the Elaine Thomas Library, UCA Farnham Campus on Monday 21st November 12.30 to 1.30pm. Please come along and hear students and staff talk about the creative work they produced in response to records related to mental health held at The National Archives and UCA Archives and Special Collections.

IN OUR MINDS EXHIBITION OPENS AT UCA FARNHAM CAMPUS

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The second part of the In Our Minds exhibition has opened in the Elaine Thomas Library, UCA Farnham campus and will run until 10th December so please pop along and take a look. This touring exhibition in partnership with The National Archives shows creative work produced by UCA students and staff in response to records related to mental health held at The National Archives and UCA Archives and Special Collections. Full details about the project can be found on The National Archives blog.

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BUILDING A BETTER WORLD FINISHING EVENTS

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Last week marked the end of the Building a Better World Exhibition in the Elaine Thomas Library at UCA Farnham campus. An event was held on Thursday 3rd November bringing together students who took part in Stefan Szczelkun’s creative residency with bookRoom around the Working Press Archive, books by and about working class artists 1986-1996 which is housed in the UCA Archive. Stefan hosted Agit Disco in which he played records which have inspired and influenced him politically. Students were invited to bring records to the event which had inspired them politically and to explain the reasons for their choice of track.

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In addition bookRoom took part in London’s annual Small Publishers Fair on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November to launch the bookRoom publication RISE WITH YOUR CLASS NOT FROM IT. Details about the publication can be found here.

 

Building A Better World Exhibition

We are excited to announce the start of the Building A Better World Exhibition today 22nd September – 6th November 2016 in the Elaine Thomas Library, UCA Farnham.

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Back in May 2016 the Archive collaborated with bookRoom on the creative residency of Stefan Szczelkun, creator of the Working Press, books by and about Working Class Artists, 1986-1996 whose archive is housed within UCA Archive and Special Collections.  This exhibition brings together the work of students in response to that creative residency.

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Democracy In The Kitchen, Annie Haggarty and Elodie Duncan-Duplain

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Story, Oriyomi Oladunjoye

The exhibition includes photographs, collages, videos and performance produced by students who explored identity, politics (class, gender, diversity, disability) from personal, historical and current perspective under the guidance of Stefan Szczelkun, archivist Rebekah Taylor and curator of the project Emmanuelle Waeckerlé.

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5 Blog Posts, Susan Merrick

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The exhibition includes books and pamphlets from the Working Press Archive which inspired the students work and a new bookRoom press publication “Rise With Your Class, Not From It.”

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We hope to see you at the exhibition soon.

Carryl Church, Assistant Archivist

Archive Update

You may have noticed things have been a little quiet around here lately. At the beginning of summer we bid a fond farewell to our Archivist extraordinaire Rebekah Taylor who left for pastures new. Now we find ourselves at the start of term with lots of new and exciting things under way including two exhibitions and a new collection which has recently arrived at our doors. More details to follow very shortly…

Carryl Church, Assistant Archivist

Freewheelers Inclusive Theatre Group

On 11th February we were lucky enough to have Chris (film director) and and Matthew (actor) from the Freewheelers Inclusive Theatre Group come over to talk about their work, and screen some plays- the Matthew James Experience. Freewheelers are based in Leatherhead, Surrey, and have recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.

‘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 have been working with Freewheelers regarding their archive, and it was great to hear more from people involved in this fantastic company.

 

Rebekah Taylor, Archivist & Special Collections Officer

 

 

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.’