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About Us

The Art and Design Archives provide a focus for research, creative practices of interpretation and the revitalisation of historic collections within contemporary art practice and art education. They manage, interpret and exhibit diverse collections related to art and design as sources of cultural heritage and inspiration for the University’s staff and students, artists, designers and researchers, both nationally and internationally.

Our aims
  • To maintain and preserve the collections in its care for future generations through the use of professional standards of collection management.
  • To integrate the collections with teaching and learning, and to potential as resources for practicing artists, designers, and students.
  • To develop and support research and consultancy in the revitalisation of historic collections within contemporary art and design education/practice and in creative practices of interpretation and mediation of engagement with the arts.
  • To raise the profile of the Archives and the University through developing networks at regional, national and international levels and participating in collaborative projects.


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Archives and Creative Practice dedicated website

Find inspiration and resources for using archives in your creative practice through the object and narratives within our collections.