MAKING HISTORIES VISIBLE
The Point of Collection is the second dvd and publication research resource document this time exploring the entire national collection at Tate including accessing works in the Tate store which are not available to view on the Tate web site. ( Short extract )
Open Sesame launched in 2005 reveals black artist's experiences of the Tate galleries: Tate Britain , Modern, Liverpool and St Ives from both artist and audience points of view. The research included visits to Tate gallery archives, meetings with education officers and other relevant people and several on-going meetings and interviews with black artists. We filmed on location at all four Tate galleries as well as on visits to various artist's studios.
Open Sesame was the first in a series of publication research resource documents in which Tate and Uclan in collaboration have sought to develop their work around the impact of past, current and possible future exhibitions, displays, competitions and collecting strategies initiated by Tate in relation to artists of African, Asian and Caribbean descent.
We are working on the idea that an answer to increasing the development of a diverse audience lies in an engagement with African/Caribbean artists about their experience of Tate. (Short extract)
'The old house, for those who know how to listen is a sort of geometry of echoes. The voices of the past do not sound the same in the big room as in the little bed chamber, and calls on the stairs have yet another sound. Among the most difficult memories, well beyond any geometry that can be drawn, we must recapture the quality of the light; then comes the sweet smells that linger in the empty rooms, setting an arial seal on each room in the house of memory. Still farther it is possible to recover not merely the timbre of the voices, "the inflections of beloved voices now silent" but also the resonance of each room in the sound house. In this extreme tenousness of memory, only poets may be expected to furnish us with documents of a subtly psychological nature'.
The Spoils of Poynton - Henry James