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Unboxed: Artists & the Archive

In the lead up to its reopening in January 2018, Hayward Gallery is bringing together artists, writers and curators to explore 50 years of radical exhibition making.

Join us as we explore elements of our own archive, as well as the broader context of archival practices, in a two-day event featuring discussion, film, performance and artist commissions.

On the evening of Tuesday 5 September, the Australian artist collective Barbara Cleveland delivers The History of Performance, a participatory work inviting recollections of historic performances at Hayward Gallery.

On Wednesday 6 September, panel discussions ask Why We Archive, with Hammad Nasar (curator and former Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive, London), Karen Di Franco (curator and researcher, London), Sue Breakell (Archivist and Senior Research Fellow, University of Brighton Design Archives) and Victoria Lane (Archivist at Shakespeare's Globe and for the Art Archives Consultancy); and How to Exhibit an Archive, with Dr Jo Melvin (Reader, Archives and Special Collections at Chelsea College of Arts), Larry Achiampong (artist, London), Barbara Cleveland (artist collective, Sydney) and Uriel Orlow (artist, London).

A series of informal breakout sessions allow a number of participants to present their research projects in greater depth, while artists Larry Achiampong, Marysia Lewandowska and Florence Peake will present new works in response to Hayward Gallery’s exhibition archive, including the seminal exhibitions The New Art (1972) and The Other Story (1989).

This event is generously supported by the Art Fund

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


£10 (includes both days)
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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