In 2011, as part of her MFA Degree Show, Shelton Walker started to draw the Library’s entire Artists’ Books Collection – that’s over 1,000 books! Each book was rendered in exquisite detail in its own pencil drawing. The work is discussed in depth in the Reinterpret section of this resource.
To explore the issues evoked by Shelton’s piece, an evening of pecha kucha entitled From the Archive was held in June 2011 at the Glue Factory, Glasgow. The aim was to provide a place where people from a broad range of backgrounds, but at the intersection of art, archives, and digitisation, could get together to exchange ideas and information in an informal and enjoyable setting. Speakers included Duncan Chappell (GSA Librarian), Hannah Little (Glasgow Women’s Library Archivist), Chris O’Connell (British Waterways Heritage Adviser), Gary Watts (Isis Regeneration Project), Nick Prior (Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh), Dr Chris Speed (ECA Researcher and Designer in Digital Architecture, Human Geography and Social Computing), Penny Anderson (Writer, Guardian), Nicky Bird (Artist), and Neil McGuire (Designer).