MAKING HISTORIES VISIBLE
Making Histories Visible - Open Archive
In1999 we opened the Centre for Contemporary Art as a small exhibition space and work in progress project space. We began
to understand the need in 2001 to document and preserve materials relating to the achievements of contemporary artists working with the
university. Students were interested in the work of the artists who taught them, funders were interested in artists communities and curators
were interested in individual artists histories. Susan Walsh initiated and has since developed the collection of materials from the full range of
contemporary visual art practitioners working at UCLAN. At the time this included artists such as Val Murray a member of TEA, Helen
Bendon and Jo Lansley among others.
Documentation of projects initiated during the past eleven years by Lubaina Himid and Susan Walsh can also be found as well as exhibitions
curated by Fine Art students and staff at UCLAN. Projects have been wide ranging and have included residencies, moving image
experiments, archive interventions and sound works, many of which were staged across the campus in a variety of spaces and places.
We house Professor Himid’s collection of catalogues and images by and about black artists from exhibitions held internationally during the
1980’s and early 1990’s.
Available to view on request are In Certain Places dvd presentations of the lectures from the Speaking of Art series. These include
presentations by Alfredo Jaar, Lewis Biggs, Cathy Newbury and Nayan Kulkarni.
Lubaina Himid and Ben Patterson
The Open Archive houses and continues to expand the permanent collection of documentary materials relating to artists
working in the North West region. It includes exhibition catalogues, books, journal essays, press cuttings, images, exhibition invitations,
posters, videos, dvds and soundworks.
We have material relating to:
In the Project Space work by both emerging and established contemporary artists is regularly displayed and contextualised. Also see