Friday, October 27, 2006

European Archive



The newly-launched European Archive is a digital library of cultural artifacts in digital form. It provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public, and includes video, audio and web resources.
Link: www.europarchive.org
Access: Free

SCRAN: New Features


Several new features have recently been added to the SCRAN image database:
If a location is given for an object or scene, a new Map option is available in the tool bar under every geo-tagged image. Simply click Map to view the available maps.
A subject navigator now provides quick access to images by subject.
Multicreate allows users to create multi-page booklets from SCRAN images and graphics.
Link: http://www.scran.ac.uk/news/news.php?id=357
Access: Athens

National Gallery Podcast


The National Gallery in London has just launched a new monthly podcast series. Each episode will feature previews of exhibitions and displays and give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in the Gallery.
Episode 1 features interviews with Velázquez curator, Dawson Carr, writer and researcher Michael Shamash on Velázquez's depiction of people of restricted growth, and artist Vicki Turnbull on Edgar Degas's 'Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando'.
Link: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/podcast/default.htm
Access: Free

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot


The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot is a comprehensive and growing searchable online edition of the nearly 10,000 known letters to and from Talbot (1800-1877), the Wiltshire polymath and inventor of photography. The resource is now available through AHDS Visual Arts.
Correspondents include Sir John Herschel, an astronomer and ingenious inventor of photography; Thomas Moore, the wildly popular Irish poet, who provided a different perspective on the new art of photography; New York's Edward Anthony and Philadelphia's Langenheim brothers, important figures in the establishment of the American photographic industry; and Rev. Calvert R. Jones, a Welsh marine painter, who strove to get photography accepted in artistic circles.
Link: http://vads.ahds.ac.uk/collections/CWHFT.html
Access: Free

Guide to Scottish Newspaper Indexes


The National Library of Scotland has developed a new online resource to help people using newspapers for research. The Guide to Scottiosh Newspaper Indexes is a searchable database that lists the newspapers in Scotland that have an index to their contents. It shows the dates covered, and where each index can be consulted.
Link: http://www.nls.uk/collections/newspapers/indexes/index.cfm
Access: Free

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Virtual Training Suite: Internet for Historians


A new edition of the 'Internet for Historians' online tutorial has been released in the intute: Virtual Training Suite.
The tutorial is an interactive step-by-step guide created to help historians make the best use of Internet resources in their academic work.
Users are taken on a survey of online resources useful for study and research. The tutorial then provides advice on finding further resources, and gives tips on planning effective search strategies. The third section teaches techniques for evaluating websites. Finally, the tutorial presents specific examples of how the Internet can meet the needs of individual users. Quizzes and exercises help consolidate what is learnt.
Link: www.vts.intute.ac.uk/he/tutorial/history

Monday, October 09, 2006

UCLA AIDS Posters Collection


UCLA Library has just released a digital collection of 609 public health AIDS posters from 44 different countries. Searches are by subject and keyword and the posters demonstrate a variety of graphic treatments. Only thumbnails are currently available, but full-size images may follow in the future.
Link: http://unitproj1.library.ucla.edu/dlib/posters/index.cfm
Access: Free

Masters of American Comics

UCLA Hammer Museum has just released an image gallery of works from its Masters of American Comics exhibition. The exhibition presents the work of 15 artists who shaped the development of the American comic strip and comic book during the past century.
Link: http://www.hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/94/
Access: Free

intute: Limelight


This month's Limelight showcase from intute: Arts and Humanities concentrates on Origin, the London Craft Fair.
Limelight is a monthly feature showcasing individual artists, topical subjects, new and noteworthy websites, or forthcoming events, exhibitions or festivals. Each feature gives information, links to related sites in the intute: Arts and Humanities database, and suggestions for possible searches.
Link: http://www.intute.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/cgi-bin/limelightfront.pl
Access: Free

Friday, October 06, 2006

SUNCAT User Guides


SUNCAT, the UK union catalogue of serials, has just issued new and updated user guides and leaflets, available from the link below.
Link: www.suncat.ac.uk/support/guides.shtml
Access: Free

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

MOMA Podcasts


The Museum of Modern Art in New York has recently launched a series of podcasts. Podcasts are available on special exhibitions held in the gallery, as well as for extended visual descriptions of works in the permanent collections. The Think Modern strand offers recordings of artists, scholars, critics, and writers sharing their in-depth knowledge of the Museum's collection, exhibitions, and contemporary issues in lively symposia, readings, and discussions. The Modern Voices strand offers commentaries by dozens of curators, artists, critics, and conservators who share their perspectives on select artworks in the Museum's collection.
Link: http://www.moma.org/visit_moma/audio.html
Access: Free

Phoebe Traquair Manuscript Now Online


The National Library of Scotland has recently placed its Phoebe Anna Traquair manuscript illustrating Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets From The Portugese online.
The manuscript was produced in Edinburgh between 1892-1897, and is among the finest examples of the work of one of Scotland's leading Arts and Crafts artists.
The online resource includes a complete digital facsimile of the manuscript, zoom and pan functions, commentaries, and notes on further resources.
Link: http://www.nls.uk/traquair
Access: Free

AHDS Visual Arts: Ann Hechle and Marianne de Trey Collections


AHDS Visual Arts and the Crafts Study Centre have just launched 2 new online collections, including works by the calligrapher Ann Hechle and the potter Marianne de Trey.
Ann Hechle is a British calligrapher of considerable reputation who has been working since the 1960s. Her career bridges the Arts and Crafts revival at the end of the 19th century and the contemporary craft informed by art and graphic design.
Marianne de Trey has been potting on the Dartington Estate in Devon since 1948 and ran a successful production pottery for 3 decades before she retired to make more personal work.
2 new illustrated web essays on Hechle and de Trey by Sophie Heath are included, providing an overview of their careers and a guide to the works in the collection.
Link: http://www.visualarts.ahds.ac.uk
Access: Free

AHDS Visual Arts: Lucie Rie Archive


AHDS Visual Arts and the Crafts Study Centre have just launched a new online collection, including over 600 items from the Lucie Rie Archive. Items from the archive can now be viewed and searched on the Internet with full catalogue details. This improved access to the objects is enhanced by a new illustrated Web essay which provides a guide to the Archive and an overview of Lucie Rie’s career by Sophie Heath.
The Viennese potter Lucie Rie (1902-95) came to England as an émigré in 1938 and after the war built up a successful career hand-making domestic and aesthetic ceramics. Rie’s work is widely admired for its independent and modern style and she was hugely influential for British studio pottery. The Crafts Study Centre possesses a good selection of her ceramics, but of outstanding importance is the very substantial documentary archive comprising of more than 10,000 items, including order books, correspondence, photographs, exhibition ephemera, and financial records.
The Lucie Rie essay is one of a number of learning resources available from AHDS Visual Arts, offered free of charge and copyright cleared to the UK visual arts education community.
Link: http://www.visualarts.ahds.ac.uk
Access: Free

Monday, October 02, 2006

Channel 4 Ideas Factory


Channel 4's Ideas Factory portal provides information and advice to young people wanting to pursue a career in the creative industries. The Art and Design section includes features, artist profiles, video interviews with professional artists, a knowledge base with advice and guidance on progressing your career, forums and chatrooms, and opportunities and competitions. You can even subscribe to the podcast.
Link: http://scotland.ideasfactory.com/index.htm
Link: http://scotland.ideasfactory.com/new_media/features/podcast.htm
Access: Free

Zidane by Douglas Gordon



Glasgow School of Art graduate and Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon has just released a film on the French international footballer Zinedine Zidane, in collaboration with French filmmaker Philippe Parreno. The film follows Zidane through a match in April 2005, with Zidane playing for Real Madrid against Villareal.
Listen to Douglas Gordon's interview, and view a film gallery, through the BBC's Collective Magazine.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/collective/A15683817
Access: Free

Brighton Photo Biennial 2006

Brighton Photo Biennial is a celebration of international photographic practice that takes place every 2 years. This year's biennial (the second), runs from 5 October - 29 October 2006.
Brighton Photo Biennial is committed to stimulating critical debate on photography in all its forms (new and historic, digital and analogue, still and moving) by bringing together known and unknown bodies of work, new commissions and previously unseen images.
Link: http://www.bpb.org.uk
Access: Free

Liverpool Biennial 2006


For ten weeks every two years, several hundred of the world's most exciting visual artists show their work in over 40 locations across Liverpool city centre, from major gallery spaces to unexpected temporary locations. The fourth Liverpool Biennial runs from 16 September to 26 November.
The Biennial includes John Moores 24, Britain's leading exhibition of contemporary painting, at the Walker Art Gallery, and Bloomberg's New Contemporaries, the annual showcase of work by students of the UK's art schools. Check out the official website, or view the gallery of works in the Bloomberg show at the BBC Collective Magazine site.
Link: http://www.biennial.com
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/collective/A14516057
Access: Free

Van Gogh: Podcast Tour of the National Galleries of Scotland Exhibition

PodCurator™ is a brand new way of finding out more about our National Galleries of Scotland exhibitions. It is a free audio/video file, recorded by actress Hannah Gordon. Listen to it in advance to get a taste of what's in the Van Gogh and Britain show and its main themes. Because the audio file is structured in the same order as the rooms in the show, it forms your very own tour guide. The PodCurator™ will introduce Van Gogh's life, discuss changes in his painting style, and tell the stories of the first pioneering collectors to purchase his work.
Link: http://www.nationalgalleries.org/vangogh/podcurator.html
Access: Free