In Our Minds Exhibition

Announcing the opening of the In Our Minds Exhibition in the Cragg Corridor at UCA Canterbury until the end of October.

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This touring exhibition in partnership with The National Archives will show 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 here.

The exhibition will run in Canterbury until the end of the month when it will move to the Elaine Thomas Library, Farnham opening on 10th November.

We are really excited to be part of this exhibition and to see our archive records used as inspiration for students work in this area.

Stour Valley Arts Archive at UCA

We have been fortunate enough to acquire the fantastic archive of Stour Valley Arts, now located at the library of UCA Rochester.

Stour Valley Arts was a public arts organisation primarily operating in Ashford, Kent. It
commissioned a range of public art works in King’s Wood, engaging the public in art through the context of the ancient woodlands, operated by the Forestry Commission.

The collection spans some 22 years of work up until 2015. It contains information regarding the commissioning of exhibition projects, where artists
being commissioned include UCA lecturers, past and present.

Material includes visitor books, publicity, educational material, funding bids, trustee minutes, business plans, photographs, documentation on construction of exhibition, and objects designed from the exhibition. The collection has particular strengths in relation to public arts and art development within East Kent.

 

Cataloguing is currently commencing, and will be made available on our online catalogue. We look forward to blogging about different aspects of this exciting archive!

 

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Explore Your Archive: Photography at Guildford School of Art

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The Photography department in Guildford School of Art from the 1950s was a major centre of photographic excellence under Ifor Thomas, the Head of Photography. His wife Joy, was also a lecturer there and together they formed a highly acclaimed team. Among his students were Jane Bown, John Hedgecoe, John Cleare, and Ray Dean. Staff included Thurston Hopkins. One of the part-time staff, always critical to and of the intellectual and creative health of the school was Alfred Lammer, a photographer noted for his pictures of flowers and of stained glass windows. He set up the first school of colour photography in Britain at Guildford in 1952.

Our records from our Archives from Guildford School of Art showcase Photography past exhibitions, dating from the 1970s, can allow for creative ways of working. Use for themes such as time or memory, or put a ‘retro’ way of working in your current work. Materials from the past can be used in exhibitions today. The Whitechapel Gallery recreates exhibitions from the past, using photographic images, which can be used as a way of looking at biases, including political, in past exhibitions.

See, for example,

Black Eyes and Lemonade: Curating Popular Art, Whitechapel, London, until September 2013, taken from the exhibition in 1951

Photography exhibition, undated [1970s]

Photography exhibition, undated [1970s]

Material also includes Aspect, the student Photography journal

Aspect, Photography Journal from the Guildford School of Art. 1960s

Aspect, Photography Journal from the Guildford School of Art. 1960s

Monthly update on project progression

Every month I will be providing a brief update on the progression of the archives and special collections project so far

Cataloguing:

The Tessa Boffin archive, photographer, has now been catalogued and can be found online on Archives Hub. The Canterbury College archive has been catalogued and has been submitted to Archives Hub, and will hopefully appear live shortly. Progress is currently being made on the Medway College Archive, and the Epsom and Ewell School of Art and Design.

Prospectuses from Epsom

We have recently received archival cataloguing software, CALM, compliant to archival standards (International Standards for Archival Description), which will be used to catalogue our collections.

Recent deposits:

Rochester Campus has recently been gifted a student sketchbook, showing processes in design in fashion in the 1960s. It provides examples of different fabrics used, and different cutting techniques. It should be of great interest to staff and students.

Maidstone Campus has also received graduation photographs from the 1980s.

Digitisation:

Part of the archives and special collections project will be to identify suitable material to digitise. The depositor of the student sketchbook at Rochester Campus has indicated he will be happy to provide permission for the digitisation of this valuable resource in the future

Archival guidelines:

Guidelines regarding cataloguing, appraisal and preservation have been drawn up, and will hopefully be available for staff to view shortly on MyUCA

Preservation:

Preservation needs of the collections have been assessed. Material will be purchased in the new financial year.

Publicity/exhibitions:

Increasing awareness of our collections means increasing awareness in the local community.

Canterbury College will have a permanent exhibition of artists’ books in the Beaney Museum for the opening in September.

Contact has been made with the other four campuses regarding connections for exhibitions in the local community.

Archives and Special collections website:

An archives and special collections website is currently in development. It will feature subject guides, details on the collections, including the special collections guides, and news and events.

A student art sketch book from the Medway College archive.

 

Rebekah Taylor, Archivist & Special Collections Officer