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Bow Skills Workshop: documenting and archiving your work as an artist with Art360 Foundation

Thursday 13th July 2023 , 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join Head of Programme at Art360 Foundation Ellie Porter as she demystifies the ideas and realities of the ‘archive’ in relation to individual and collective artistic practices, and the importance of creating your own archive as a reflective and legacy building tool for artists practising today. 
Still from the film ‘Yes to the Work! The Women’s Art Library’ by Holly Antrum, 2022

In this workshop, Ellie will share her experiences of working with both artists’ archives and archivists in home, studio and storage settings, and share different strategies to support artists looking to integrate archiving into daily, weekly or monthly rhythms. 

She will touch upon the crucial importance of archives as a tool to trace what you’ve done as an artist and shape the narrative of your artistic practice and career – a process that not only helps you recognise the value in your work and reflect on your practice so far, but also empowers you in  interactions relating to your work and how it lives and is perceived out in the world. 

The workshop will also include practical, hands-on insights on archival and documentation methodologies including creating inventory lists, approaches to digitising artworks, archiving obsolete media, how to navigate archival strategies as someone with neurodivergences, and much more. 

Ellie encourages participants to bring something from your own archive to kick off workshop – this could be anything from a page from a notebook or printed email to an object that inspired an artwork. The materials that constitute the archive can be expansive! 

£7 £5 concesions

Concessions rate applies to Bow Arts artists, students, over 65s, under 18s, National Art Pass members, and key workers

183 Bow Road
London, E3 2SJ
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More about Ellie Porter 

Ellie Porter (she/her) is Head of Programme at the independent charity Art360 Foundation. She has delivered 46 tailored archival projects for artists and estates including Claire Barclay, Vanley Burke, Rose English, the Alexis Hunter Estate, Hayley Newman, the Donald Rodney Estate, Franklyn Rodgers, the Tim Stead Estate and the Maud Sulter Estate: see www.art360foundation.org.uk for more.   

She co-runs the Expanded Archives Network with Hauser & Wirth Institute, connecting freelance and institution-based archivists, curators and memory workers globally through a programme of workshops and events. She also co-leads the British Art Network Research Group ‘Art, Memory and Place’, focused on the emergence and continued existence of distinct artist communities in different locations. Ellie’s previous roles include Art Fund, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and independent consultancy on archiving and preservation for artists, museums, and other non-profits and charities. In 2018, she collaboratively produced the first free mobile app for artists’ archives in the process of being updated. From 2023, she will be delivering a new bursary programme for 10 UK artists and estates supported by Arts Council England. 

About Bow Skills   

Bow Arts seeks to support creative professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2015 Bow Arts launched Bow Skills in response to an artist survey which showed over 90% of practicing artists find it useful to receive further support outside formal education.    

Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is informed by an artist steering group and open to all creative practitioners across London. The programme of talks, panel discussions, new skills labs and peer crits is open to all, with concession rates available to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists and key workers.    

Access information  

The Bow Arts Trust office has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system. Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.  

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)  

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space (e.g. making sure you have a table near the entrance) or anything else you can think of! 

Transport Information  

Opening hours: Mon-Friday, 9am to 5pm  
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ  
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.  
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area.  
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.