Archives for Artists, a workshop by Bev Pike

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Archives for Artists, a workshop by Bev Pike
Open Space, 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Tuesday, January 23, 2018,
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Open Space presents Archives for Artists, a workshop by Bev Pike 
Tuesday 23 January 2018, 1PM- 4PM
This 3-hour workshop will introduce the benefits of preserving historical records that show how artists perceive, communicate and invent projects.  Participants will learn basic archival principles, including setting priorities for collection management as well as basic records classification.  We will discuss paper and electronic documentation.  The workshop will help those thinking about artist's estates and those needing to create valuable artist-run centre histories. There will be a mixture of listening and hands-on approaches to this information. Artists are welcome, as are administrators, and all in-between and beyond who are interested in archives.
Topics to be discussed:

  • value of historical records
  • definition of a record
  • benefits of organising records
  • basic archival principles
  • simple tasks needed to establish an archive
  • benefits of creating finding and descriptive aids
  • costs in time, space, staff
  • benefits of depositing artist-run centre archives in public repositories

Bev Pike is a Winnipeg polymath and artist known for her large paintings of neo-baroque underground shell grottos ( Since 1983, she has specialised in establishing archives from the kinds of completely unprocessed material usually found in basements.
This workshop requires registration. To participate in Archives for Artists, please call 250 383 8833 or email