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Wellcome Award to Catalogue the Franko B Archive

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29 March 2018

Writer-in-Residence sought as part of 'Challenging Archives' project

The Theatre Collection is delighted to have been recently awarded a Research Resources grant from the Wellcome Trust to catalogue and conserve the extraordinary archive of the artist Franko B, internationally acclaimed for his intense body-based performances.  In 2008 Franko B donated his archive (mostly relating to his performance works) to the Theatre Collection and he continues to actively add to, and engage with, his archive.  Our Wellcome funded project, Challenging Archives: Delivering research access, public engagement and the curatorial care of the Franko B archive will run for two years from early summer 2018, culminating in a public exhibition and symposium in 2020.

As well as a project archivist, we are seeking a writer-in-residence to reflect on and respond creatively to the various challenges presented by the archive as we come to terms with the processes of cataloguing, conserving and making it accessible.  As well as contributing to blog posts throughout the project and taking part in a public symposium, the writer-in-residence will produce a modest print-based publication that will become a project legacy.

A fee of £5,250 is offered (equating to approximately 6-8 weeks work across the two years).  In addition, a £2,000 production budget is available towards the publication.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact either Julian Warren, Keeper: Digital and Live Art Archives (, 0117 3315186) or Jo Elsworth, Director: Theatre Collection

To apply for the Challenging Archives writer-in-residence please send your CV, a sample of your work and a covering letter outlining, in less than 500 words, how you would like to approach the residency.

Applications must be received by 27th April 2018.  Submissions can be emailed to with 'Challenging Archives: Franko B Archive Writer in Residence' in the subject line, or posted to: Theatre Collection (Franko B Writer-in-Residence), Vandyck Building, Cantocks Close, Bristol, BS8 1UP.

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