Building the archive: the Reference Works photography project in context

Upcoming event at the Grain Photography Hub

Friday, 28 February 2014, Birmingham

This symposium looks really interesting and for those of you who haven’t yet come across it, would be a great introduction to exciting possibilities for creative practice with the Library of Birmingham Photographic Archive. The symposium is questioning the relationship between contemporary photography and the archive. Asking:

  • What are the issues raised by the commissioning of new works by a photographic archive?
  • How do these new works alter or activate the existing archival collections
  • How do they alter understandings of the archive?
  • And what are the considerations for a photographer/artist making work specifically to enter the archive? 

The recent Reference Works project saw four photographers and artists – Michael Collins, Brian Griffin, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps - commissioned to respond creatively to the move and transition from the 1970s Central Library to the new Library of Birmingham, opened in September 2013. The project also involved some of our students from BIAD (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design).

More information on speakers and you can book a place here. I’ll see you there!

 The event organisers Grain the photography hub and network for the West Midlands also have other projects examining photography and the archive. Check out their website.