Apply for a place on our DIY 11: Living Archives weekend

Posted 10 September 2014 in Talks and Workshops


Applications are now welcome from experienced artists to participate in our DIY: Living Archives workshop.

Deadline 21 July 2014.

In the Spring of this year Carolee Schneemann’s exhibition at Hales Gallery, London was interesting to note. The gallery’s website described the show as follows: 
”Her work from 1966 Water Light / Water Needle, reconceived as a gallery exhibition featuring archive material and recent paintings made within documentary photographs from her archive”. 
Schneemann’s work was primarily made up of contents from her performance archive.

This DIY weekend will consider how our own archives might inform our futures.

Discussions during the weekend will focus on inventories and creating legacies; the issues around framing and re-contextualising the documentation of live work, and how archives might enter collections, and in turn form part of new curatorial conversations.

Another aspect of this weekend is the opportunity to look back into our archives, and revisit ideas that originally excited us, looking at how this material could potentially have a new life through live work, or object-making and editions.

Artists are invited to bring a box of archival material (metaphorical or actual) which we will look through, and creatively and critically explore the contents of.

Stuart Morrison, Director of Hales Gallery (who curated their recent Carolee Schneeman show) and Elea Himmelsbach, curator and archivist, The Photographers’ Gallery will join us to bring their expertise to the conversations.

Lunches and refreshments will be provided.

Dates, times and location(s):
All day, 11th and 12th October 2014.
Space Studios, Mare Street, London E8.

Application procedure:
We’re seeking six artists to join us for the weekend. Open to artists with over ten years of professional practice in live/performance/visual art.

Please email us with a short description of why taking part in this DIY weekend would be of interest/use to you, and what your current interests are re: your boxes of stuff. Include a short biography and web-links.


Living Archives is one of 23 DIY: 2014 workshops conceived and run by artists FOR artists.