1. What are artists’ archives?
Artists’ archives document and provide meaningful context for the artist’s creative practice. Every artist’s archive is different. An archive may include drafts, sketches, drawings, press cuttings, publications or exhibition catalogues documenting the artist’s oeuvre, notebooks, diaries, correspondence, journals, etc. The archives may also include tools, paints, brushes, in fact anything featuring in the artist’s studio. During the artist’s lifetime, archives will be managed within the artist’s studio. An artist’s archive can be made publicly available in whole or in part, with the consent of the artist or their estate, for example by being deposited in institutional archives.