Frequently, this has made it impossible to acknowledge attribution, ownership and rights – sometimes putting the work itself at risk.
There needs to be a legitimate process for artists who wish to work with archives. The Arts Council, in partnership with the BBC, has already pioneered such a process with recent projects. In the last few years these have included the BBC Creative Archive placements, and the BBC/ACE Made in England commissions. The following case studies benefited from these initiatives.