New collaboration with New Art Exchange, Nottingham

The Open Arts Archive is very pleased to be working with the New Art Exchange in Nottingham to film one of its upcoming events and make it accessible to all those who can’t attend in person.

It’s a very appropriate link up as the New Art Exchange is hosting a multi-layered three-screen installation created by acclaimed film-maker John Akomfrah , The Unfinished Conversation, which presents former OU Professor Stuart Hall’s memories and personal archives, extracted and relocated in an imagined and different time to reflect on the questionable nature of memory itself. More information about the installation is available from the New Art Exchange.

The Open Arts Archive is pleased to be participating in a symposium relating to the installation on Saturday, 8 June 2013, 11:00am – 5:00pm at New Art Exchange Nottingham. The symposium will explore the work of John Akomfrah, the black audio collevtive and other visual artists inspired by the work of Stuart Hall. More information is available on the Open Arts Archive website.

Gill Perry in New Zealand

Open Arts Archive Director Professor Gill Perry has been spreading the word about the Open Arts Archive in New Zealand as part of a lecture tour relating to The First Actresses, a major curated exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery last year.

Professor Perry talked about the show on Radio New Zealand.

The exhibition presented a vivid spectacle of femininity, fashion and theatricality in seventeenth and eighteenth-century England. It featured portraits of some of the best known female performers of the period, who ranged from royal mistresses to successful writers and businesswomen, and accomplished musicians. It explored the ways in which these early celebrities used portraiture to enhance their reputations, deflect scandal and increase their professional status.

Podcasts related to the exhibition are available on the Open Arts Archive:

Professor Judith Hawley discusses James Gillray’s ‘Dilettante Theatricals: – or – a Peep at the Green Room’, 1803, The National Portrait Gallery, London.

Dr Moira Goff discusses John Ellys’s Portrait of Hester Booth, c1722-25, the V&A Museum.

Dr Lucy Peltz discusses Daniel Gardner’s Three Witches from Macbeth, 1775, The National Portrait Gallery, London.

Dr Berta Joncus discusses Jeremiah Davison’s Portrait of Catherine (‘Kitty’) Clive, 1735, Longleat House.

Study days at Tate Modern

The Open Arts Archive contains a wealth of video footage from study days organised jointly by The Open University and Tate Modern. The study days date back to 2002 with the latest on Lictenstein and the wider worlds of British pop this March.

Content from the study days can be browsed on the Open Arts Archive website by choosing Tate Study Days from the archive.

Alternatively for ease of access, the study days are listed below.

22 June 2002: Matisse Picasso, Creating and Destroying Histories

5 October 2002: Abstraction and Interpretation

27 March 2004: Expanding concepts of sculpture

26 June 2004: Concepts of the Avant-Garde

12 March 2005: Contemporary Art and Globalisation

25 June 2005: Performance, Gender and Identity

25 March 2006: Utopias and Avant-gardes

24 June 2006: Museums and Art History

17 March 2007: Identity and Performativity

16 June 2007: Surrealism and Film

8 March 2008: Against the Avant-garde

5 July 2008: Photography in the street and the studio

28 March 2009: Constructivism and the Art of Everyday Life

27 June 2009: Futurism and the Avant-garde

27 March 2010: Abstraction

20 November 2010: Gauguin and myths of the artist

20 July 2011: Joan Miró

16 March 2013: Lichtenstein and the Wider Worlds of British Pop