Activities

Archive

The fundamental purpose of the project is to consolidate, repackage, catalogue, and digitise the archive of Rita Keegan and deposit it at the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Exhibitions

The Rita Keegan Archive (Project) Archival Display

Open; Free Book here

The display in the SLG’s Archive room features Keegan’s personal papers, offering a rare opportunity to see a range of materials and ephemera from the Black British Art scene spanning the 1980s to the early 2000s.

South London Gallery Fire Station Archive Room
82 Peckham Road, SE15 5LQ

The Other Art Show — 20/20 A Brief Survey

Postponed due to COVID-19.

A multi-media exhibition delivering an immersive experience for the Mind, Body & Soul. Look forward to a spectrum of national & international works plus a panel conversation, a well being session by Emerald And Tiger, a live recording of Artfully Podcast, and a Friday Night Late Collaborative takeover DISCO & Nail Art. Curated by Aida Wilde & Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski.

The Old Truman Brewery
Brick Lane
London E1

The Rita Keegan Exhibition

Spring 2021; Free

The presentation in the SLG’s Archive room precedes an upcoming exhibition by the artist in Galleries 2, 3 and 4 of the Fire Station between 6 May – 28 June. Keegan’s installation works combine audiovisual material with textiles, 2D multimedia works, and experiential media such as scent, to explore memory, history, dress and adornment. She also draws on her extensive family archive, a photographic record of a black middle class Canadian family from the 1890s to the present day.

South London Gallery Fire Station
82 Peckham Road, SE15 5LQ

Publication

Complementing the retrospective, will be an accessible publication: the first of its kind on the collection. Part archive catalogue, part collective biography, this book will feature a range of commissioned essays from practitioners and writers alongside images of artworks and archive material. Due to the inaccessibility of the archive there is currently very little printed work exploring Rita’s artistic and archival practice and subsequently a publication is urgently needed. Published in-house and in conjunction with Goldsmiths University Press.

Hub Sessions

Monthly workshops will be hosted at the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London, where the Project Lead will lead trainee archivists and volunteers to explore the archive in open discussion groups. The sessions will develop the trainee archivists’ and volunteer’s practical skills: from managing a heritage website, to document and object handling, to conducting oral histories. From this work, an online guide and educational resource pack around artists’ archives will be drawn for use in community and school settings. This will be based around themes and issues emerging from the archive such as gender, race, family, memory, digital technology.

If you are interested in attending our hub sessions, please email: ritakeeganarchive@gmail.com