Animating the Archives

This video series examines some of the stories behind Tate’s archives of British art, exploring questions and processes that are emerging from their collection, conservation and use

Archives & Access Project: Animating the Archives – What are Archives?

What does the word archive mean to you? Hear from artists, gallery volunteers, and history experts about the sorts of things you can find in archives. What secrets do archives hold and how can your own experiences and possessions be of archival value?

Archives & Access Project: Animating the Archives – Juke Box meets Tate Britain

Documenting an immersive sound installation by artist Yuri Suzuki, using music, audio archives and visitor recordings to soundtrack Tate's collection

Archives & Access Project: Animating the Archives – Josef Herman, Sketches of Wales

Exploring the unique relationship between the Polish artist Josef Herman and the town of Ystradgynlais, South Wales in the 1940s and 50s

Archives & Access Project: Animating the Archives – Graham Sutherland Sketchbooks

Looking at the conservation and digitisation of Graham Sutherland's sketchbooks and the importance of archive collections to our understanding of artists’ practices  

Archives & Access Project: Animating the Archives – Live Art Salon

Documenting a performative collaboration between artist Harold Offeh and Welling School students and teachers, exploring live art, the relationship with documentation and the archive

Archives & Access Project: Animating the Archives – Conservation volunteers

Hearing from the conservation volunteers about the important role they play in preserving archive collections and making these more accessible to the public

Archives & Access project: Animating the Archives – Schwitters interned

Exploring Kurt Schwitter’s time in Hutchinson internment camp (1940 – 41) featuring letters, pamplets and sketches donated to the archive by fellow internee Klaus Hinrichsen and recollections from his widow

Archives & Access project: Animating the Archives – Eileen Agar, a British surrealist

Revealing some of the processes behind the artist’s thinking, collecting and object-making, as well as the secrets of her personal correspondence

Archives & Access project: Animating the Archives – Time and Influence: University of the Arts London, fashion project

Documenting a group of young Londoners as they research, design, create and show a fashion collection inspired by contemporary designers and the Tate Britain art and archive collections

Archives & Access project: Animating the Archives – Oral history

This film discusses how to capture oral histories that can shed light on the cultural life of communities and bring a unique personal insight to the life and work of artists

Archives & Access project: Animating the Archives – Intoart

We follow the artists at Intoart as they create and share a living archive of their ongoing practice

Archives & Access project: Animating the Archives: Drawing from Life

Examining the shifting role of life drawing in British art education through a recent archive display at Tate Britain, we hear from a group of young women at a London school who, in their own first experience of life drawing, move beyond representations of the female body in the media

Archives & Access project: Animating the Archives: Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Records

By exploring Barbara Hepworth's sculpture records we learn more about Hepworth and her sculptures.

Hepworth began to compile these records in the early 1960s and they provide a comprehensive catalogue of her sculpture. They are an archival catalogue that closed with Hepworth’s death in 1975.

Explore Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture records

Archives & Access project: Animating the Archives: Felicia Browne – Unofficial War Artist

Through her archive, this film uncovers the work and untimely death of Felicia Browne, a young artist who lost her life in the first months of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. 

Through her archive, this film uncovers the work and untimely death of Felicia Browne, a young artist who lost her life in the first months of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. This event reverberates through the work of artist Sonia Boue, here reflecting on the significance of British volunteers, like Browne, who helped republican exiles like her father.

Exploring Sketchbooks | Animating the Archives

Tate Archive holds hundreds of artists sketchbooks, many of which can now be viewed online.

Tate Archive holds hundreds of artists sketchbooks, many of which can now be viewed online. This film reveals how for young and established artists, their sketchbook are a creative space for thinking, trying out ideas, making mistakes – even shopping lists – and how digital media is making these processes more shareable.

Archives & Access Project: Animating the Archives – Understanding Copyright

Confused by copyright? This short film explains how copyright relates to visual art and how you can use and share Tate content in your own projects. Find out more and download a brief guide to copyright here: http://goo.gl/63B77v

Confused by copyright? This short film explains how copyright relates to visual art and how you can use and share Tate content in your own projects. Find out more and download a brief guide to copyright here: http://goo.gl/63B77v