2022 Conference ‘Creative encounters: Art in the Archives’

  • A photo album and drawings with paint brushes

The 2022 British Records Association’s conference ‘Creative Encounters: Art in the Archives’ will explore the interaction between archives and the visual and performing arts.

It will take place on 27th September at The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street. Tickets cost £70 for BRA members, £80 for non-members and £40 for students or the unwaged and can be booked on Eventbrite here.


09.45 Registration and coffee

10.15  Welcome: Alan Crookham, National Gallery Research Centre [Chair]

Morning Session. Chair: Victoria Northwood, Vice-Chair, British Records Association

10.30 Leah Benson, National Gallery of Ireland: The Denis Mahon Archives

11.00 Charlotte Brunskill and Chloe Julius, Paul Mellon Centre: The Brian Sewell Archives

11.30 Elena Carter and Stefania Signorello, Wellcome Collection: Crisp packets, tights on a washing line, my favourite sandals: Cataloguing and preserving the life of artist Audrey Amiss

12.00 – 12.30 Questions and discussion

12.30 Buffet lunch

1.30 BRA AGM

Afternoon Session. Chair: Matti Watton, Chair, British Records Association

14.00 Mark Pomeroy, Archivist, Royal Academy of Arts: A peek behind the red velvet curtain hunting for the real Sir Thomas Lawrence

14.30 Dr Giorgia Bottinelli, Curator of Historic Art, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery: John Crome: The quiet modern

15.00 Victoria Lane, freelance archive consultant: Stuff, Box, Archive: working with contemporary artists on their archives

15.30 – 16.00 Questions and discussion

16.00 Break for tea or coffee

16.30 Panel Session: Archives and art: Interactions

The panel will consider the question: If it exists at all, where does the boundary between art and document lie?

• Sue Breakell, Archive Director / Principal Research Fellow, University of Brighton Design Archives

• Alan Crookham, The National Gallery Research Centre [Chair]

• Sarah Haylett, Tate

• Sir Charles Saumarez Smith, Chairman of the Royal Drawing School

• Michael Takeo Magruder, Artist & Researcher

17.30 End of conference


There is  a lift for access into the Gallery, which is on the basement level and is otherwise accessed by stairs at the back of Cowcross Street premises (which will be sign posted on the day).
A disabled toilet is available off the Gallery space.
For any access needs, please contact  info@britishrecordsassociation.org.uk in the first instance.