Curating the Archive

  • Guerrilla Girls Is it even worse in Europe. Dan Weill 1 (11)

    Installation view of Guerrilla Girls Commission: Is it even worse in Europe? Photo: Dan Weil

Past Event


This event was on Wed 22 Nov - Thu 23 Nov 2017

The Whitechapel Gallery’s Archive Displays have included iconic exhibitions such as Aspen Magazine: 1965-1971 in 2012, Intellectual Barbarians: The kindred of Kibbo Kift in 2015-2016 and most recently Guerilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?

Curating in the context of the archive will be explored in this two day workshop, which will look at working with artists and archival material while unpicking practicalities such as copyright, cataloguing and conservation. Delivered by experts from within the Gallery and trusted industry associates, this promises to be a stimulating and inspiring two days.

Lunch and refreshments will be included in the course fee

About Nayia Yiakoumaki

Dr Nayia Yiakoumaki  is curator at Whitechapel Gallery where she developed an innovative  programme of exhibitions related to the use of archives as a curatorial resource.

In September 2016, Nayia Yiakoumaki took on a new role co-directing  the Athens Biennale, as Director of Research and International Networks whilst maintaining her long commitment to the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Nayia Yiakoumaki devises   NEON Curatorial Exchange & Award, an initiative founded by NEON organization and delivered by the Whitechapel Gallery, which fosters professional relationships for emerging curators.

Nayia Yiakoumaki has conceived a number of successful  exhibitions and commissions, including John Latham: Anarchive (2010), This is Tomorrow (2011), Rothko in Britain (2012), Aspen Magazine: 1965-1971 (2012), Black Eyes & Lemonade: Curating Popular Art (2013), Supporting Artists: ACME’s first decade (2013 –2014), Stephen Willats: Concerning Our Present Way of Living (2014) and most recently Intellectual Barbarians: The Kibbo Kift Kindred (2015-2016), Imprint 93 (2016) and recently Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? (2016-2017).

About Dor Duncan

Dor Duncan is Whitechapel Gallery’s archivist.

She has worked across the spectrum of public and private collections including the British Museum, the National Archives, David King’s special collection at Tate Britain, the IMPACT digitization project at the British Library, the Arts Council of England, the Royal Botanic Gardens Illustrations Collection and Kensington Palace, to name a few.

She has also worked with smaller collections including the General Teaching Council Archives, the British Institute of Radiology and the unique libraries and archives of private collectors and individuals. She has a particular interest in east European House Museums of the Soviet era.

About Charlotte Brunskill

Charlotte Brunskill is Archivist and Records Manager for Paul Mellon Centre.

Previously, she worked at the National Gallery, the University of Westminster and National Portrait Gallery, and took up her present role at the Centre in 2011. As well as having published a number of articles for various professional journals, Charlotte co-authored the text book Records Management for Museums and Galleries: an introduction (Chandos 2012). Having regularly taught records management principles and practice to various audiences, in 2012 Charlotte started a professional archive consultancy business with a colleague.

Through this venture she continues to advise and teach practical archive and records management skills to organisations in the Arts & Heritage sector. Charlotte holds a BA in History and English from the University of Hull, and an MA in Archive Administration and Records Management from University College London.

About Naomi Korn

Naomi Korn has over 17 years copyright, licensing and rights-related experience. She provides expert advice and support to a range of UK organisations including the British Council,  the Imperial War Museums, the Royal Academy of Arts, NHS England, Museum of London and  the Wellcome Trust.

Naomi Korn has contributed to various versions of SPECTRUM, the International Standard for Collections Management. Naomi is the former Chair, Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA) from 2013 – 2017. During this period, she led the reform of the UK’s copyright laws on behalf of the cultural heritage sector, which resulting in new UK exceptions to copyright in 2014. She is also a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional (CILIP), and for six years, she has set the program and chaired the CILIP/LACA annual Copyright Conference.

Prior to setting up her own business in 2003, Naomi trained as an Archaeologist and she was an Assistant Curator of Archaeology for 5 years. Naomi Korn is a visiting lecturer at City University, University College London and Kingston University.

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