Three case studies

Artists have always worked with archive material, or ‘found footage’. It has been available through video tape, through broadcasting, and now through the web.

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.

Listen to Paul Gerhardt on the Creative Archive placements 

Latest from the BFI

  • Latest from the BFI

    Latest news, features and opinion.

More information

Films, TV and people

  • Films, TV and people

    Film lists and highlights from BFI Player.

More information

Sight & Sound magazine

  • Sight & Sound magazine

    Reviews, interviews and features from the international film magazine.

More information

Back to the top