|Graham Sutherland, colour study, |
The project draws on the world’s largest archive of British Art – the Tate Archive - and brings it together online with Tate's art collection, making this one of the richest and most comprehensive digital art and archival resources in Europe. It is generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund with a grant of £2 million.
Personal Note: I am going to take the unusual (for me) step of reproducing the Tate press release in full. I was honoured to be helpful to the folk at the Tate Archive in this endeavour and am seriously impressed with all they have achieved. I congratulate Jane Bramwell (Head of Tate Library, Archive and Collection Access) and her excellent team at Tate Archives for this first tranche - keep watching folks, there is more to come.
These items from Tate Archive can now be viewed online and include sketchbooks, drawings, family photographs, personal letters and intimate diaries, giving unprecedented access to original and rarely-seen material. The publicly-available items reveal fascinating insights into the lives and work of some of the most important figures in British art.
As part of opening up access to the Archive, Tate has developed new ways of engaging with these historic materials. This includes an online ‘Albums’ feature which allows visitors to group together archive items and artworks that they can add to, annotate and share, a series of films exploring all aspects of the project, and a learning programme across the UK working in partnership with key art organisations. Tate will be the first fine arts organisation to collaborate with the Zooniverse team led by the University of Oxford to crowdsource full text transcriptions of handwritten documents.
Copies of This is my Birthday 1902, compiled by author and journalist Anita Bartle in the tradition of a late Victorian keepsake. Two volumes list famous figures birthdays and quotes about their life, accompanied by a host of autographs, signatures, musical notations and sketches by artists and writers including H.G Wells, William Orpen, Hans Richter, Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats and George Bernard Shaw amongst many others.
A large body of rarely-seen original drawings and sketches, including Josef Herman’s depictions of the Welsh mining town of Ystradgynlais from the 1940s and 50s and David Jones’s childhood sketchbook.
Tate Archive is the largest archive of British art in the world. For the first time, visitors can view highlights from this rich resource online alongside the Tate Collection, seeing the inspiration and stories behind some of the greatest works of the past century.
This is the first stage of the project with the publication of 6,000 items online, including 15 collections relating to Kenneth Armitage, Anita Bartle, Jacob Epstein, Stephen Gilbert, Thomas Cooper Gotch, Nigel Henderson, Barbara Hepworth, Josef Herman, David Jones, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, Ethel Sands, Graham Sutherland, Henry Scott Tuke and Keith Vaughan. The digitisation of archives relating to a further 37 artists will be completed in summer 2015, including Eileen Agar, Prunella Clough and Kurt Schwitters.
For further information about the project, related films and blogs please visit www.tate.org.uk/art/archive
To view images of items mentioned in this release, go to http://www.tate.org.uk/art/albums/313373/yxosa34wow