Sunday, 27 September 2009

National Arts Education Archive - Tom Hudson

Heike and Rebecca spent two days at the National Arts Education Archive at Bretton Hall, in Yorkshire. Bretton Hall used to be part of the University of Leeds, specialising in music, art, drama and teacher training courses in the main. It's been closed for a few years now, and the campus is an eerie place; it looks like a normal university, but all signs of life have disappeared.
We were there to look through the Tom Hudson collection. Hudson was an artist, but is better known as an art educator. He was appointed as head of Cardiff College of Art in 1964, and introduced courses that emphasised the creative process, and innovative ways of approaching art. It was during his time in charge that the ‘Third Space’ for performance art or time-based art was established.

The collection contained lots of exciting finds, including colour slides of performances, and films of colour experiments, in which students were dressed and painted in greens and purples, then filmed walking through Cardiff. We hope to be able to make some of this available in the future on our database.

There has been some uncertainty over the future of the archive. Bretton Hall is now being turned into a luxury hotel and conference centre. Fortunately, several institutions have agreed to jointly run the archive, and the collection will remain intact.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Workshop presentation in Bristol

Heike presented Oral Histories of Performance and ran a workshop on using oral histories to document performance work at the Digital Documentation and Performance training event, hosted by JISC Digital Media and the University of Bristol Drama Department in Bristol on the 23 – 25 September 2009.


(Detail of Becoming-snail performance by Paul Hurley, which was being documented through various means by the workshop participants– Photo: Sara Popowa)

The event consisted of three one-day enquiries into the topics of creating, managing and delivering digital documentation of performance work, which mixed presentations with hands-on practical workshops. More information on the event can be found here:

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Symposium presentation in Newcastle

Heike presented 'An Oral History of Performance Art in Wales' at the NOTES on a Return symposium, which took place at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the 4 and 5 September 2009.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Project Steering Committee

We're pleased to announce that our steering committee has been appointed, and we will hold our first meeting on September 2nd in Chapter, Cardiff. The members of the committee are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including art history, performance studies, archival expertise and practising artists. They are:

Mr David Alston, Arts Council, Arts Council of Wales
Dr Ivor Davies, Artist
Prof Sioned Davies, Chair of Welsh, Cardiff University
Mr Arwel Jones, Director of Public Services, National Library of Wales
Prof Adrian Kear, Head of School of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth
Prof Mike Pearson, Professor of Performance Studies, Aberystwyth University
Dr Dorothy Rowe, Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Bristol
Prof André Stitt, Centre for Fine Art Research, CSAD, UWIC

Heike and Rebecca are very pleased that they have agreed to join the project, and we look forward to working with them.