The East End Archive at the Cass is an online digital resource intended for artists, designers, academics and researchers from a cross-section of disciplines. It focuses on artists and photographers whose practice is concerned with the East End of London and its Diaspora, where the East End is understood as both a geographic location and an intangible space, a perpetually shifting frontier within the urban sprawl of London that is part real and part imagined. The archive is currently being constructed by a team of staff from within The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design and is now in its second phase.
The first phase of the archive is hosted by VADS and consists of a selection of work from Paul Trevor’s Eastender Archive.
The second phase establishes a selection of diverse bodies of work deposited online, with larger files stored on hard drives for production for future educational and research events. The images range from traditional documentary practice to works of the imagination, and include photographs by Don McCullin, Brian Griffin, Tom Hunter, Jo Spence and Mike Seaborne.
This phase has also seen the development of collaborative ventures with other local groups and research projects, such as Graham Diprose and Mike Seaborne’s research into digital conservation. The team are interested in bringing together not only historic bodies of work but contemporary collections from photographers currently working in the field.
Furthermore, the archive will hold only bodies of work in order to understand more fully the working methodology of the practitioners, and to give context to the work. As Audrey Linkman, founder of the Manchester Documentary Archive, commented “ The body of work shows the photographer’s working method, it reveals omissions, reflects obsessions … It tells the story of the photographer’s journey.”
A companion and introduction to the East End Archive was published in December 2013 by Black Dog Publishing. See the Activate journals 3, 4, 5 and 7 for more information.
For the purpose of creating this collection, the East End has been understood as both a geographic and conceptual space, interpreted as the perpetually shifting frontier within the urban sprawl of London.
The Cass East End Archive features work by many artists including Susan Andrews, Tom Hunter, Don McCullin, Rod Morris, Heather McDonough, Richard Hamilton, Jo Spence, Steven Berkoff, Spencer Rowell and David George.
An exhibition 'Archive Imaginging the East End' took place at Hoxton Hall from the 14 to the 29 November. A book about the Archive by Susan Andrews and Nicholas Haeffner and edited by Zelda Cheatle will be published in December 2013 by Black Dog Publishing.
For more information about the Archive please contact Susan Andrews email@example.com.
Thursday, 2 October, Bank Gallery
5pm: Press View
6pm-8.30: Private View
Monday, 13 October, Bank Gallery
Meet the Artists
Discussion with the artists represented in the exhibition
Saturday, 18 October, Bank Gallery
Community Participation Project – Photographs from the East End with Professor Jenny Harding, London Met
Please bring in your photographs, historic or recent, and tell their story.
All photographs will be copied and the stories recorded. Both will be uploaded to the East End Archive website for the public to see.
Monday, 20 October, Bank Gallery
Meet the Archivists
Discussion with the curators of the archives represented in the exhibition
Thursday, 23 October
Room TBC, please ask at Reception
Screening: Hitchcock’s Frenzy - film clips and discussion
Led by Cass academics Dr. Nicholas Haeffner and Michael Upton
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