Friday 9th February 2018
11am - 5.30pm (Registration from 10.30am)
BZ403, Benzie Building, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Higher Ormond Street, Manchester, M15 6BG.

The Life on the Outskirts Symposium, hosted at Manchester School of Art, brings together academics who are interested in, inspired by and/or working with small creative archives to explore the multiple challenges and opportunities faced by small creative archive collections and those working with them. Our keynote speaker will be Sue Breakell, Archivist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Brighton Design Archives, whose research engages the nature, meaning and practice of archives and their creative uses in art and design contexts.

Additional papers will explore how the archives of small creative organisations (and small creative collections within archive settings) offer multiple potential applications and challenges, including: artistic interventions in creative archives; using creatives archives for teaching purposes; developing digital access in creative archives; engaging members of the public with creative archives; and the potential commercial mobilisation of creative archives.

Attendance is free and lunch will be provided, but we are unable to support travel costs.

To book a place, please email lotohsf@gmail.com by 5pm on Monday 5th February.


Symposium Schedule:

10.30-11.00: Arrival and Registration (coffee and tea)

11.00-12.15: Session 1

Creative Archives and Higher Education

Introduction and Helen Storey Foundation Archive Film Private View: ‘Life on the Outskirts: inspiration and interventions in the Helen Storey Foundation Archive’ (Dr Rob Knifton and Dr Alison Slater)

Paper 1:“Resource explorers”: How we mobilised the University of Westminster Menswear Archive collection to address educational needs’ (Dr Danielle Sprecher and Eleri Kyffin, University of Westminster)

Paper 2: ‘Object Lessons: the value of encountering the physical object in design education using the “Material & Process Innovation Collection”, at MMU Special Collections’ (Steph Boydell and David Grimshaw, Manchester Metropolitan University)

12.15-13.15: Lunch and drop-in to ‘Collecting: Malcolm Garrett’ exhibition at MMU Special Collections, All Saints Library, Manchester Metropolitan University, M15 6BH.

13.15-14.20: Session 2

Archives and Contemporary Creative Practice

Paper 3: ‘The Writing Room: a public intervention using archives as re-enactment’ (Susanna Edwards, London Metropolitan University)

Paper 4: ‘Activating the Audio Arts Archive: From Inventory Space to Imagined Space’ (Lucia Farinati, Kingston University London)

Paper 5: ‘Quilting the Archive: Patch-working lesbian lives through textile practice’ (Sarah-Joy Ford, Artist and Curator)

14.20-14.40: Break

14.40-15.45: Session 3

Creative Archives, Heritage and Memory

Paper 6: ‘Feminist Digital Heritage Practice: motivations and methods’ (Dr Jenna Ashton, Researcher, Curator and Artist)

Paper 7: ‘The Powerful Whispers Project: A box of family photographs as archival site of post-memory and the ‘trace’’ (Rob Burton, Teesside University)

Paper 8: ‘Hospitalfield: Seeing Below the Water Line’ (Lucy Byatt, Hospitalfield)

15.45-16.00: Break

16.00-17.00: Keynote and Discussion: ‘Connecting subjectivities: archives and creative practice’ (Sue Breakell, Archivist and Senior Research Fellow, University of Brighton Design Archives)

17.15: Close

For a campus map and travel advice, please see: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/travel/manchester/.