Institutions and Archives

Wednesday 9th December
Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room
11am – 4pm/4.30pm followed by drinks

*lunch not provided – please bring your own

book a place here:

password: archivesdecember

This is a day of presentations by and for students and tutors. This year’s theme is archives and institutions. It’s very much a chance to hear work in progress and the programme will be shaped by the kind of work being done by the participants.

Archives can be understood widely as can the definition of an institution. Themes we may like to address include how archives can be discussed in the wake of institutional critique and ‘new institutionalism’; technological (or technocratic) issues (‘big data’, ‘born digital’ content, or materials that are difficult to archive, or difficult to display); or how interests may or may not be linked between archives and institutions. We may wish to explore other paradigms, and/or locate questions in archives themselves. How and whether these affect curatorial practice or our understanding of exhibitions may also be an interesting theme to explore.

This event brings together staff, doctoral students and students from masters programmes with an interest in curating and archiving from Birkbeck, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art. The event will provide a forum for sharing emerging research and professional practice.

This is the second such event, following The Archive and Domestic or Private Space, held at the RCA in December 2014, where we heard presentations by 5 tutors, 4 PhD students, and 8 MA students.

This year’s event is kindly being hosted by the Royal Festival Hall. NB it is not a public event.

for further information please contact Alison Green (