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Archive Project – sign-up now with your support or if you have materials for an Archive. Thanks!

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NASA UK (National Association of Street Artists) in partnership
with Winchester University & Exeter University want to create a permanent physical
National Archive of Outdoor and Street Arts in the UK.

We believe that the National Archive of Outdoor and Street Arts in the
UK will be of great benefit to all – artists, companies, the public,
educators, students and researchers – and put the Outdoor and Street
Arts on a par with national archives for Theatre, Dance, Music and Film.  It
will help make the wonderful and creative work over the last 60 years more respected
and appreciated and so help to drive forward recognition of the
“national treasure” that is outdoor and street arts in the UK.

Eventually, the aim is for this archive to be hosted and stored at Winchester University and
made available to the general public – accessible through a modern and interactive website and physically at the University.

NASA has already written a pre-proposal to the Heritage Lottery Fund
and has received positive feedback.

BUT, to progress the project we need committed interest from YOU!

In order to write the full proposal, we are required to have committed interest
from named artists and/or organisations who would be happy to become the first
to participate in the scheme.

We need at least 12 artists or companies to commit to supporting the project NOW.

To register your interest and commitment please complete this short survey above as soon as you can.
We shall then be in contact directly and ask you for some more detailed information and a written letter of support.

What happens in the next 18 months and how does it work?

IF we get enough commitment and we are successful in the funding bid, there will be free archive training for you with a free Archive Pack of archival resource materials such as archive boxes, acid-free acetates and labelling as part of a ‘self-archiving pack’ which will then contain your physical photos, documents, posters, ephemera, etc. Workshops will help you annotate and augment your material with oral referencing. You will also be advised on appropriate categorisation and indexing.

We will then create a modern and accessible website where the digitised information will be added within a few months so you can see the project progress quickly.

We shall also make an exhibition of  of some of the work, which will then to tour to key heritage sites around Britain, together with talks about the history and heritage of British street theatre.

The aim is subsequently to submit a Phase 2 scheme to develop a physical archive of these materials hosted at Winchester University and digitised by Exeter University.

Please Note! In order to participate in Phase 1,  you will have join NASA UK.
It costs only £20 a year for unfunded artist or companies to join NASA UK. You don’t have to join right away, but you will need to join before we begin the archive process. NASA is an Artist-led not-for-profit organisation funded by its membership. More information about NASA on this website. Join NASA here

This Call is open to every Artist and/or Company making work or who has made work for the Outdoors and Streets in the UK. We include Buskers, Street Performers, Street Theatre, Travelling Players, Festivals, Installations, Spectacle, Fireworks, Carnival, Parades, Graffiti, Creative Demonstration, Flash-mobs, Street Dance, Seaside
Entertainment, Community Events, Fairs, Film and Music… in short, Arts of all genres that have taken place in the Public Realm.

Please forward this Call to anyone and everyone that you feel might be interested in supporting a National Archive of Outdoor and Street Arts in the UK.

We thank you for your support and interest.
Without your support and commitment this important national project won’t be able to go forward.
Many thanks for your time,

NASA UK Steering Group
Archive Project leader: Tony Lidington
Communications bod: Jules Howarth


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