ARLIS study day at the White Cube Gallery

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Last Monday I attended an ARLIS study day on Giving up the Archive? Reflections on the creation, examination and dissemination of arts organisations' archives. In the morning session, speakers from the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow spoke of the process of archiving forty years of records from the Third Eye Centre and the CCA as the first step in questioning the official version of cultural development in Glasgow which saw it as a 'miracle' that had burst on the scene in the 1990s. Archives may contain many seemingly marginal ephemera that are missing from the official histories of institutions. As one participant said, they may be 'a space of contention and discovery', but only if they are made truly accessible to the public. How can we make our own Archives more easily available to others, and what limitations are put on this by the requirements of preservation, data protection and copyright considerations?