Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Festival of Britain

Almost three hundred pages of documentation relating to the planning of the 1951 Festival of Britain is now accessible online for the very first time. The documentation offers unprecedented insight into the planning of the Homes and Gardens Pavilion, and is one of 77 files held in the Design Council Archive at University of Brighton relating to this national event. A key resource for researchers, this rich set of correspondence, memoranda, plans, and sketches is now visible to scholars around the world.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Visual Communication 2011

The GSA Visual Communication website for Degree Show 2011 is now live, featuring graphic design, illustration and photography work by 2011 GSA graduating students.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art has announced the launch of its new website, which offers online access to its collections including publication-quality images of all its art objects in the public domain. Images from the Center’s collections are now free to download with no restrictions on use.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Over £750 of Photography eBooks Purchased by GSA Library

GSA Library has just purchased 25 e-books for the subject of photography, which join the Library's existing collection of over 100 e-books in art, design and architecture. Many of the purchased titles are from publishers AVA and Focal Press, and represent an investment of over £750.00 on photography e-books on the part of the Library. All the e-books below can be discovered via the Library Catalogue at http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library, where links are provided through to the full-text. Access is via your MyGSA login.
The 25 purchased titles are:
  • Creative Vision: Digital and Traditional Methods for Inspiring Innovative Photography by Jeremy Webb. AVA: 2005.
  • Train Your Gaze: A Practical and Theoretical Introduction to Portrait Photography by Roswell Angier. AVA: 2007
  • The Fundamental of Photography by Helen Drew. AVA: 2005.
  • The Visual Dictionary of Photography by David Prackel. AVA: 2010
  • Colour Management for Photographers by Andrew Rodney. Elsevier: 2005.
  • The Focal Digital Imaging A-Z by Adrian Davies. Focal Press: 2005.
  • Basic Critical Theory for Photographers by Ashley La Grange. Focal Press: 2007
  • Basic Photography by Michael Langford. Focal Press, 2000
  • Digital Negatives: using Photoshop to create digital negatives for silver and alternative process printing by Ron Reeder. Focal Press: 2007
  • Digital Photography in Available Light by Mark Galer. Focal Press: 2006
  • Location Photography by Mark Galer. Focal Press: 2002
  • Photographic Possibilities by Robert Hirsch. Focal Press: 2001.
  • Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity by Michelle Bates. Focal Press: 2007
  • Studio Photography by John Child. Focal Press: 2005.
  • Teaching Photography: Tools for the Imaging Educator by Glenn Rand. Focal Press: 2006
  • The Advanced Digital Photographers' Workbook by Yvonne Butler. Focal Press: 2005
  • The Practical Zone System by Chris Johnson. Focal Press: 2006.
  • Photography: The Key Concepts by David Bate. Berg: 2009
  • Exposure by David Prakel. AVA: 2009
  • Basics Photography: Post-Production Black and White by Steve Macleod. AVA: 2008.
  • Basics Photography: Post-Production Colour by Steve Macleod. AVA: 2008.
  • Working in Black and White by David Prakel. AVA: 2009.
  • Design Principles: Basic Creative Photography by Jeremy Webb. AVA: 2010
  • Basics Photography: Lighting by David Prakel. AVA: 2007

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Interactive search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D.

Yale Digital Commons

Yale University has released about 250,000 images and audio files on its Yale Digital Commons playform. All content is available to use free of charge under creative commons licence terms. Search across Yale's collections of art, natural history, books, and maps, as well as photos, audio, and vide.

Performing Arts on Film & Television Catalogue

A new catalogue is now available to download, detailing film and video materials held by the archives and collections of the British Film Institute (BFI), Arts Council England, LUX and Central St Martins British Artists Film & Video Study Collection. The Performing Arts on Film & Television Catalogue is intended for use by curators, researchers, students, performers, practitioners, artists and filmmakers. It gives an account of the histories of theatre, acting, dance, music, performance art and oratory (from politics to poetry) on film and television, through references in around 3,500 titles from the collections above.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Zine Fair at Free Hetherington

The Free Hetherington is holding a zine fair on June 2nd 2011, hosting the work of zinesters and indie publishers from Glasgow and beyond. Loads of zine genres will be on display and available to buy or swap: anarchist, feminist, queer, craft, culture-jamming, anti-consumerist, student activist, punk, environmentalist and more. Publishers will include New Escapologist, Kleinzeit and the celebrated Lock Up Your Daughters.
If you are producing your own zines, bring some copies down, set up your own stall, or add a zine to an open table. Any format is welcome.

Monday, May 16, 2011

GSA Video Archive

The GSA's Video Archive has just been launched, providing access to recent Fine Art, Design, and Architecture events – including videos of Friday Event lectures, GSA Research Presentations, and other collaborations with external organisations. Currently available talks include Roderick Buchanan, Sonia Boyce, Christine Borland and Jimmie Durham.

Africa Portal

The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa. It provides open access to an online library; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; and an international events calendar - all aimed to equip users with research and information on Africa’s current policy issues. A key feature to the Africa Portal is the online library collection holding over 3,000 books, journals, and digital documents related to African policy issues. The entire online repository is open access and available for free full-text download. A portion of the digital documents housed in the library have been digitized for the first tim.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Domesday Reloaded

BBC Learning has unveiled a new multimedia project, Domesday Reloaded, giving the public a chance to view and update the historical material collated 25 years ago for the original BBC Domesday project. Launched in 1986 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book, the first BBC Domesday project saw over a million people capture pictures, maps, video, surveys, statistics, essays and personal testimonies to help compile a digital snapshot of the country. The technology used to record and preserve this data quickly became obsolete, however, so very few people ever got to see the finished results or their contributions. Now, 25 years on, the rarely seen community disc archive will be republished onto the BBC's dedicated website which enables people to explore the images and articles from the past.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

National Jukebox

Image courtesy Jen Books http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenbooks/ Some rights reserved.

The Library of Congress has just launched the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress and other contributing libraries and archives. Recordings in the Jukebox were issued on record labels now owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mapping Sculpture

The History of Art Department, University of Glasgow, Victoria and Albert Museum and Henry Moore Institute have just launched the online database Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951.
This investigation, carried out in seventeen cities across Britain and Ireland over the last three years, has brought forward a mass of evidence concerning practitioners and businesses as well as mapping significant changes in the forms, techniques, materials, displays and teaching methods of sculpture. The database includes information on c.3,500 sculptors, c.10,000 related businesses, c.15,000 objects, c.1,300 exhibitions, c.700 other events, c.125 art societies, c.125 art schools and c.16,500 locations which will provide a major new resource for studying sculpture.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Friday, May 06, 2011

George Shaw

Turner Prize nominee George Shaw George discusses his work and BALTIC exhibition, The Sly and Unseen Day in this Baltic Bites podcast.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Early Student Work at the RCA

Two of the Royal College of Art’s most important collections have been made available to the general public through a new digitisation project which is accessible through the Visual Arts Data Service.
The Record of Student Work is a rare collection, containing over 30,000 slides of student work, which dates back to the 1960s and includes early work by notable College alumni including David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Ridley Scott and Thomas Heatherwick. A comprehensive and unique resource, it provides insight into the early creative processes of some of Britain’s best-known artists and designers, usually captured as they complete their postgraduate studies with installation shots from students’ degree shows.
The nature of the collection - comprised mainly of 35mm slides and usually locked in filing cabinets in the RCA library - has meant that many of these images have never been published. Now however, a three-year scanning project has resulted in over 5,000 of the most notable images from the collection being made publicly available for the first time.

Grow Your Own Clothes

Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing.

Advertising Messages and Gender



The Achilles Effect website has recorded the language used in TV adds aimed at children on a Saturday morning and fed them through a word cloud generator. The results speak for themselves!