How canÂ creative practitioners use and engage with archive materials, and develop work as a response?
We are currently runningÂ ‘In Our Minds’, a project focused on creating creative responses to records related toÂ mental health held at The National Archives and The University for the Creative Arts Archive (UCA). We wantÂ to take you through the creative process, following creative arts students and staff at various stages: from initial thoughts, creation to completion. We hope it will inspire you to do the same.
In Our Minds is a project developed by The University for the Creative Arts Archive (UCA) and The National Archives, with support from the Friends of the National Archives. 1
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Why this project?
The purpose of the project is primarily twofold; to highlight the amazing potential of archives to inspire the arts and to highlight mental health related records in The National Archivesâ€™ collections and University for The Creative Arts Archives.
The project aims to explore different ways in which mental illness have been represented and (mis)understood in society and culture, and how creative practitioners view and respond to the documents presented.
Why mental health?
In both collections we are keen to highlight underpromoted material, and in The National Archives collections, material you would not generally associate with a government archive.
While the collections have very different remits, mental health was a strong area that linked both, drawing parallels in the collections across time through the universality of the theme. Continue reading »