Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Moving Image Collections

Primarily American in focus, Moving Image Collections documents film collections around the world through a catalogue of titles and a directory of repositories.
The MIC Union Catalog brings together in one place all the catalogue records of participating archives , enabling users to search for moving images across collections. Users can search for a moving image, learn how to obtain access to that moving image from the owning organisation, and contact the organisation for further information and assistance.
The MIC Archive Directory provides information about specific archives – where they are located, what they have in their collections, services they provide, and how to contact them.
Access: Free

Art Rabbit

Art Rabbit is an online UK listings and opinions site for contemporary art. It connects individuals, artists, galleries, museums and collectors via comprehensive listings and opinion pieces.
Listings of exhibitions and art events throughout the UK are included, with email newsletter and RSS feed options to help you stay up-to-date with new shows. You can also read and discuss what other people thought of different exhibitions, and create your own list of favourite events, view them on a dynamic map, and share share them with your friends. Add events to your favourites and receive a reminder a few days before they close so you'll never miss another show.
Access: Free

Tate Shots

Tate Shots is a new, monthly art programme, available online, featuring highlights from Tate’s exhibitions, collections, public events and performances. The videos can be viewed on your computer, or downloaded as a videocast for viewing on an iPod or similar device.
TateShots will present around six short videos a month, with a focus on modern and contemporary art. The programme will include interviews with artists, studio visits, behind the scenes tours with curators and conservation experts and clips of unmissable artist performances.
In the launch issue, Gilbert & George invite you into their studio to discuss a new group of pictures, Six Bomb Pictures 2006, made specially for their current retrospective at Tate Modern. Mark Wallinger talks about his dramatic re-creation of peace campaigner Brian Haw’s Parliament Square protest, State Britain, currently on display at Tate Britain. Turner Prize winner, Martin Creed takes to the stage with his inimitable band for a sell-out performance, and we explore Tate Liverpool’s latest exhibition, Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-Garde, with poet Paul Farley. Other items include the extraordinary story behind Rodin’s Kiss, and a platform for Tate visitors (including Billy Bragg immediately after his ride down the slides of Carsten Höller's Test Site) to have their say.
Access: Free

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

National Art Library: Book Moves

One of the National Art Library's stores is being closed as part of the V&A’s building works and development plans. The Library will therefore be undertaking major storage moves throughout March 2007 and this may result in delays in delivering some requests for books, by as much as 24 hours.
Since different collections will be unavailable at different times, Readers, especially those from outside of London, are encouraged to take advantage of the Advance Ordering Service, and pre-order a maximum of six items by telephone or by email two days in advance of their visit.
In the Reading Rooms, the librarians will be happy to assist and advise.
In particular, the Renier Collection of children's books will be inaccessible whilst it is moved to improved storage. From April it will be available through The Blythe House Archive & Library Reading Room, Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX. Telephone: +44 (0)20 7603 1514 and email:
For further information:
T: ++ 44 (0)20 7942 2400

Design Encyclopedia

Design Encyclopedia is a searchable, collaborative resource providing reference material on every aspect of the world of design, encompassing companies, products, people, museums, publications, terms and websites. . Features of the resource include an alphabetical index, a set of links to the most recent added entries to the encyclopedia, recent changes, and a wishlist, containing a list of entries needing content.
Design Encyclopedia is based on wiki technology, where entries are written and edited by users themselves. There are both advantages and disadvantages to this approach. GSA students can consult our Library guide to Wikipedia, available on the Library course on the GSA Virtual Learning Environment, for advice and guidance on using wikis for research and learning.
Access: Free
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Monday, February 26, 2007

Arts and Humanities Data Service: Textiles Collection

Begun forty years ago as a teaching resource, the collection of world textiles at the University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham demonstrates a broad range of textile techniques and processes. The collection consists of over 3000 artefacts, including woven Coptic textiles, British woollen cloths, Kashmir shawls, African strip weaving, and English and French engraved roller prints from 1750 to 1850. The collection is particularly strong in 20th century hand weaving and block printed textiles.
Access: Free

Arts and Humanities Data Service: Suffrage Banners

Drawn from the collection of the Women’s Library, this resource documents a wealth of banners and artwork associated with the struggle for women’s voting rights in the early 20th century, centred round the work of the artist-based suffrage organisations the Artist's Suffrage League and the Suffrage Atelier.
Access: Free

Arts and Humanities Data Service: Woolmark Company

This collection of digitised photographs is drawn from the archive of the Woolmark Company (formerly the International Wool Secretariat) dating from its foundation in 1937 and housed at the London College of Fashion.
The archive consists of thousands of press releases and associated black and white publicity images, all relating to the use of wool in fashion. Images include representations of fashion by prominent designers of the time. The digitised collection includes a cross section of some 2000 images. Each image includes a transcription of the press information or description attached to the original.
Access: Free

Film Archives Online

Film Archives online provides access to moving image collections of 5 European film archives: the Deutsche Filminstitut, British Film Institute, Cineteca di Bologna, DEFA-Foundation, and Národní Filmový Archiv Prague. More than 4.000 film works – mainly non-fiction – are searchable in four different languages, and the database is growing. Searches can be modified in the light of search results, and an English synopsis is provided for each film covered.
Access: Free

Friday, February 23, 2007

Library Guide: Wikipedia

A new Library guide to Wikipedia has just been uploaded to the Information Skills section of the Library course on the GSA Virtual Learning Environment. This guide will show you how Wikipedia articles are published, who can add, edit or delete information, and will give you the tools you need to critically evaluate the information you find in Wikipedia.
Access: GSA Network Login

Thursday, February 22, 2007

AHDS Visual Arts: Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi

Many of the surviving examples of medieval stained glass in Great Britain are now available to view online. Over 15,000 digitised photographs from the archive of the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA) have been added to AHDS Visual Arts.
The CVMA was founded in 1949 as an international research project with committees in 14 countries and over 65 printed volumes published so far. Its photographic archive is housed at the National Monuments Record.
The images of medieval stained glass can now be cross-searched with other related collections, such as the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland (CRSBI) and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association’s (PMSA) National Recording Project. These high quality digital images are all freely available for use in research, learning and teaching.
Access: Free

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Intute: Drawing Research

This month's Limelight feature from Intute focuses on drawing research. The feature includes links to research institutions and projects, and links for related searches.
Access: Free

Change Act Share

Change Act Share is a new online resource designed to support the UK jewellery industry. Although aimed at a London audience, the site nevertheless contains several resources of use to jewellers working elsewhere in the UK.
The Business Finder allows you to browse for designers, manufacturers, materials suppliers, retailers, professional services, and media. Industry Resources allows you to browse for awards and grants and business development opportunities.
Access: Free

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Arthistoricum is a newly launched web portal from the Zentralinstitut fur Kunstgeschichte, Munich and Heidelberg University Library. An English interface is available.
The portal indexes websites and online publications in art history. The project's vision is to create an international virtual research institute.
The portal is divided into 5 strands: searching for relevant literature; publishing research; looking at earlier primary sources; networking with colleagues working in the same area; and teaching and learning.
Visitors can search the combined catalogues of several leading art history research libraries for print materials via the Virtual Catalogue for Art History (VKK). Users can also search ART-Guide which is a web directory of art history Internet sites. ARTicles indexes articles that appear in online-only art history e-journals.
Access: Free

Web Archive

Web Archive provides a subject gateway to archived websites, including several in the arts and humanities. The websites are selected for permanent archiving by 6 partner institutions, including the British Library and the National Library of Scotland. This is a growing resource that provides the ability to view different iterations of a particular website over time.
Access: Free

Arts and Humanities Data Service: Cordwainers College Collection

Covering the period 1780-1999, the Cordwainers College historic shoe collection is held at the London College of Fashion.
Originating as a teaching aid for courses in footwear, the collection is now easily accessible via Arts and Humanities Data Service. Containing some 650 items, the collection consists of women's fashion shoes, although it also includes men's and children's footwear and exhibition work. Shoemakers such as Pinet, (1870s), Joseph Box (1890s), James Taylor (c1900-1910) and W.L. Douglas (1900, 1920) are included, along with manufacturers such as Bartley (c 1885-1920), Clarks (1965-1971), Ravel (early 1970's), and Sacha (c 1973).
Access: Free

Arts and Humanities Data Service: Tim Mara Collection

The Tim Mara Collection is now available through Arts and Humanities Data Service and includes artworks by Irish Printmaker Tim Mara dating from the early 1970s until his death in 1997, when he was Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art.
Mara's pop-art influenced work was much influenced by old masters like Velásquez and Vermeer and reflects features of the Dutch Masters (such as light, clarity and stillness) combined with a pop sensibility of repeating patterns, reflection, refraction and shadow.
Access: Free

Lux Online: Ian Breakwell

Lux Online has just launched resource pages for British multimedia artist, filmmaker and diarist Ian Breakwell (1943-2005).
The website provides biographical introduction and stills of his work. It is also possible to view three of his short films using QuickTime or Windows Media Player. A list of screenings and exhibitions of the artist's work is provided, along with a bibliography of his own writings, publications and articles. Also included is a featured essay by Mike Sperlinger about Breakwell's work and diaries.
Access: Free

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels chronicles the history of shoes using a timeline from antiquity and to the 1980s. Information and images are available under each topic, with an option to view images of shoes by style (heels, slippers etc). The 'funky shoe gallery' contains images of unusual shoes.
Access: Free

Baltic Podcasts

The Baltic art gallery in Gateshead has just released the latest in its video podcast series. Watch artist Vik Muniz talk about his latest exhibition Pictures of People at Baltic.
Access: Free

SCRAN: Top 10 Searches for February 2007

Top 10 SCRAN searches for February 2007:
1900s Housing
Chinese New Year
Victorian Education
Children in War
Food and Nutrition
1930s Housing
Football (Video Clips)
Highland Games (Video Clips)
Robert the Bruce
1910s Housing
Access: Athens

British Library

The British Library's homepage has been redesigned and it is now possible to run a combined search from a single search box for:
10,000 web pages on collections and services.
13 million catalogue records.
90,000 pictures and sounds from the Collect Britain website.
9 million articles from 20,000 journals.
Access: Free

South African Artists' Books

South African Artists' Books shares research on the artist's book in South Africa completed over the last 10 years. It includes digital catalogues, web links, and a database of artists' books.
The database is browsable by artist or thumbnail image, or searchable by artist name, book title, publisher, keyword, and date. Results include enlargeable thumbnail images.
Access: Free

British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection

Established in 2000 at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, the British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection is a research project that oncentrates on the history of artists' film and video in Britain. The Study Collection is a unique resource, consisting of an extensive range of reference materials including video copies of artists' works, still images, historical posters and publicity materials, paper documentation and publications.
The Study Centre Catalogue can be browsed online and researchers are welcome to make an appointment to visit the collection.
The website also provides access to the British Artists' Moving Image Database. This covers experimental and avant-garde film, video art, artists' television, gallery-based installations and other works that use moving image and audio-visual multimedia technologies.
The database provides as comprehensive information as possible including the date of making, first exhibition site (if known), the original format and short synopses. As a guide to the dispersed national collection of British artists' moving image works, it also identifies the holdings of public and academic collections, archives, distributors and dealers, their location and conditions of access.
The Moving Image Database provides a listing of British artists' videos available to view on the Web.
Access: Free

Monday, February 19, 2007


Brought to you from the British Council, Cubed keeps you up to date with innovative science that’s shaping society and bringing new dimensions to everyday life. Cubed includes the latest innovations in fashion and music, design and digital culture, film and life, to bring you the products and ideas that will change our world. Covers virtual reality, digital animation, motion graphics, product design and product design engineering.
Access: Free

Future Museum South West Scotland

Future Museum is a newly launched resource that documents the arts, people and industries of South West Scotland. It provides free access to the collections of Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway Museums.
The Arts section provides browsable pathways in arts, crafts and decorative arts. Images of art works are accompanied by textual information and short contextual descriptions.
Access: Free

SCRAN Scribble

The SCRAN imagebank provides access to thousands of high-quality art, design and media images. Access is via your GSA Athens account.
SCRAN has just launched its social networking site SCRAN Scribble. Scribble offers blogs, communities, profiles, files and comments. Anyone already using SCRAN who has set up a SCRAN Stuff password can log in immediately, create a profile, publish a blog, and join and comment in communities.
Access: Athens

Friday, February 16, 2007

Films from the Home Front

A new website featuring films of life on the home front in Britain during the Second World War has been launched.
The resource includes films from London Screen Study Collection, Media Archive for Central England, Northern Region Film and Television Archive, Screen Archive South East, South West Film and Television Archive, Wessex Film and Sound Archive, and Yorkshire Film Archive. It provides free public access to these films, the majority of which are being made available to the public for the very first time. Amateur films and home movies are included, alongside official sources such as newsreels and government films. The films are organised into major themes: Children in War-time, Civil Defence, Community Life, Displaced People, Home and Family Life, Women's Role on the Home Front, and Victory Celebrations 1945.
Access: Free