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.

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