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one hundred & twenty † one hundred & twenty one
THE THIRD ACT TELLS THE STORIES OF THE PRESENT. FROM
the gradual collection and ongoing nature of the Print Works
archive, through ways that it is possible to interpret the archive.
It reflects and shares insights, and learnings that the artists
have noticed along the way. The act tells of the consequence of
rediscovering the past from the perspective of the present, and
a variety of different ways that this can be attempted, worked
through, and reflected upon. As the project developed the artists
recognised that they were creating new and further archive
material linked to and because of the project.
The Print Works project was the focus for new understandings
about creating and interpreting archives, as well as the actual
topic of Print in Thanet. It became clear that there were additional
learnings that arose from the changes to the project due to the
requirement to accomodate the restrictions of COVID-19. It
seemed important to capture and record this exceptional learning
alongside all the stories of the print workers. These insights may
be of benefit to researchers and artists, as well as people who
are working on similar but different themes and projects linked to
heritage and the arts and funded by organisations such as NLHF.
Additionally, the work of a creative practice is a form of
research. Often the focus of value is placed on an artist’s
physical output such as a painting, sculpture, or print. However
the process of making a piece of creative work is often one
of valuable discovery for the artist and influences further
observations and work in the future.
One of the main challenges for all artists is tackling and
enjoying working with the unknown. For this project these
unknowns were multiplied by the interruption caused by the
global pandemic. With support from NLHF dealing with this
unknown allowed changes that created new and different
opportunities and this act takes the opportunity to explore this
aspect of artists working with archives.
This final act is made up of four scenes, creating and
interpreting an archive, stories of loss and attachment and the
learnings from the Print Works project. ◊