Random Archive Workshops & Symposium

Symposium Documentation

The Symposium ‘Silences, interventions, disruptions: Exploring the text art archive’ was held on 12th August 2017 and marked the close of the RANDOM Archive exhibition, with invited artists, writers and performers.






Workshop Documentation



Saturday, 12 August, 11am-3pm
Symposium at Bury Art Museum

‘Silences, interventions, disruptions: Exploring the text art archive’
Invited artists, writers and researchers respond to the notion of practice based archives and the collection of text art held within ours. Including papers, performances, readings and informal panel discussions. A launch event for the 2019 Text Art Festival, and to mark the close of the RANDOM Archive exhibition.
The day will feature presentations and panel discussions with a number of artists and writers including Lauren Velvick, Helmut Lemke, Penny Anderson, Phil Davenport and Jez Dolan. We will consider the ways in which archives might be spaces used for generating text art, and ways in which this art might resist the constraints of the space. The afternoon panel will examine the people and narratives ‘absented’ from institutional archives and the practitioners who seek to create alternatives and mark out these histories. We will close with the launch of the 2019 Text Festival announcement by Director Tony Trehy, followed by drinks and a final opportunity to view the RANDOM Archive exhibition.
Lunch and refreshments provided – please sign up in advance (link)
All workshops will take place at Bury Art Museum and are free to attend – to book a place please ring the gallery on 0161 253 5878

Past events:

Thursday, 1 June, 6pm – 8pm
In-conversation: the Random Archive
Celebrating the opening of our new exhibition Random Archive this discussion with resident philosopher Dr Yiota Vassilopoulou (University of Liverpool) and curators Dr. Hannah Allan and Susan Lord gives you a behind the scenes look and the opportunity to explore the wealth of perspectives from which the exhibition may be approached. Followed by drinks reception, open to all.

Friday, 2 June, Tuesday 20 June & Saturday 5 August 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Caring for Community Archives Workshop
This workshop will give members of local art and history societies and those individuals who have a passion for collecting, the opportunity to learn how to catalogue and care for the documents you collect.

Saturday, 17 June, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Feminist & DIY Archives Workshop
Some of the practical and experimental approaches to creating archives of overlooked or undervalued material. Bring your own objects, images, stories and memories to begin the process.

Friday, 23 June, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
The Archive Maze Workshop
Is the art archive the information or the actual objects it contains? And are these objects just documents or works of art themselves? Resident philosopher Dr Yiota Vassilopoulou invites you to reflect on these questions and explore together new ways of engaging with this part of the exhibition.

Saturday, 24 June, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Catalogue Poetics- Workshop
Exploring the language and syntax used when cataloguing an archive, and how this might be used creatively to draw out narratives or work with the documents.

Thursday, 6 July, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
The Digital Archive Workshop
How does technology impact on our relationship with the past, the lived experience of the present, our imagining the future? Join resident philosopher Dr Yiota Vassilopoulou in exploring how philosophy can help us understand this part of the exhibition and its relevance for our life today.

Saturday, 15 July, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Polari-Divine Workshop
Exploring the various language categorisations that can be used when cataloguing an LGBTQ archive.

Saturday, 22 July, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Creating Digital Galleries Workshop
Looking at innovative ways of how to display archives and artworks using digital technologies and DIY tools.

Random Archive Workshop Programme​ – funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund