Why look back? Contemporary Art & Institutional Memory

  • Region: All Regions
  • Type: Workshop
  • Cost: Free

Call for Workshop Participants

Why look back? Contemporary Art & Institutional Memory 

Friday 24 November 2023, 11.00-17.00 

Nottingham Contemporary  

In-person workshop for registered participants 

We invite participants for a workshop exploring the practice, potential and value of working with the histories, archives, and memories of contemporary art institutions.  

Why Look Back? will identify, draw together, and critically reflect on a growing field of practice: non-collecting contemporary art institutions working with their pasts to generate new exhibitions, projects, public programmes, and historical narratives and inform present institutional practices  We will address the extent to which practices of reflection, retrospection, and re-activation have recovered marginalised histories and confronted connections to regimes of power and violence, and consider the potential of institutional memory as a basis for curatorial innovation, organisational development and public engagement. By bringing together participants working within art institutions and those engaging with institutional memory through research and curatorial, educational and artistic practices, it aims to foster a diverse network that is collectively invested in exploring the value of institutional memory through longer-term work.     

For more details, and to register your interest in participating in this free workshop please complete this short form 

Convened by: Isobel Whitelegg (Art Museum & Gallery Studies, University of Leicester)
and Ben Cranfield (Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art) 

A British Art Network event, with support from the ESRC and Nottingham Contemporary

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