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Opening the Archive

A season of online events | April – June 2021

This free online events series considers the role of archives in artistic practice and institution-making.

Archives are holders of memory, depositories of individual and collective narratives, offering traces of the past that remain mostly unseen in boxes, folders, hard drives and servers. How do artists disrupt and challenge the traditional understanding of archives as sites of classification and power? How do formal and informal archives support the construction of history, with facts, fictions, institutional and personal narratives? Can archives reveal or trouble the structures of an institution?

The following events will take place online. Tickets are free, but booking is essential to reserve your space. Find out more below.

Elisions: A four-part screening programme curated by Adam Pugh
Weekly Wednesdays from 21 April
Week 1: The gaze reclaimed
Week 2: Archive as testimony
Week 3: A distributed archive
Week 4: The hall of mirrors
FREE, no booking necessary - Find out more

Aural and Digital Archives with Andrius Arutiunian
Wednesday 19 May 18.30 GMT
FREE, Booking essential
Find out more & book

The Archive as fuel: Reflections on the use of archives for cultural institutions
This has been cancelled due to speaker illness.


We want our events to be inclusive and accessible for everyone. Live transcription will be available during each of our online events. We’d be happy to arrange a BSL translator too (Please allow at least 72 hours notice). You can let us know about any accessibility requirements you have when you book your ticket.

For anyone unable to book online we recommend calling 0191 261 3830 and we will organise your tickets.

We understand Zoom isn’t for everyone. We’re recording as many of our online events as possible, and will make them available after the event takes place. You can find them on