re:SEARCHING – Playing in the Archive Part 1

Exhibition at the Baring Archive, 60 London Wall, EC2M 5TQ

7th May – 4th June 2010

PV Thursday 6th May 2010


RSVP to the Private View (essential) or arrange to visit the exhibition, please contact Baring archivist Moira Lovegrove on tel. 020 7767 6021 or

A research collaboration between CCW (Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon colleges) and the Baring Archive re:SEARCHING enabled artists and researchers across a number of disciplines and institutions to select artefacts in The Baring Archive and to create a new piece of work. New work will be exhibited alongside the historical pieces, a rare opportunity given the issues over conservation and stewardship that usually inhibit such an arrangement.

Although it is current practice for artists to produce work in response to collections and archives, re:SEARCHING is unusual in that the artists are reacting to a financial archive which is more often used by historians. Practitioners have responded to a range of items, including a sketch by Sir Thomas Lawrence of Sir Francis Baring, the firm’s founder; the prospectus for the financing of the Louisiana Purchase; Russian bearer bonds (which ceased to pay interest following the Revolution); and material relating to the Buenos Aires Water Supply & Drainage Company.

re:SEARCHING involves research staff from across CCW, and also from the University of Sussex and the University of Central Lancashire. Their disciplines embrace art history, book art, graphic design, painting and sculpture, a particularly wide range for a project of this nature.

For further information about this project contact: Prof. Eileen Hogan on