What is the KFA?
Kim Fielding was a prolific Welsh artist, curator and self proclaimed ‘instictator’. His death in February in 2014 came as a significant blow to the arts community in Wales and beyond. As co-founder of tactileBOSCH his tireless efforts working with artists in the early stages of their careers and his promotion of Welsh art will be sorely missed.
The KFA celebrates the legacy of this (always) late, great artist and cultural powerhouse. It is committed to recognising and advancing experimentation in the arts and to making exciting things happen.
Tell me more about the archive?
- The archive is a repository of Kim Fielding’s artwork and photography, and ephemera relating to tactileBOSCH studios in Cardiff.
- The archive comprises photos, videos, prints, negatives, super8 film, slides, minidiscs, CDs, VHS, notebooks, writing, art works and more.
- It’s not just an archive of Kim’s art work, but of the social history of the experimental art and music scenes in which Kim worked, primarily Cardiff (c.1994-2014) New York (c.1984-94), and California (c.1979-1984). It also documents some of Kim’s adventures as an international artist and curator, dipping in and out art scenes in Berlin, Sao Paolo, Moscow, Havana and Istanbul, and bringing artists to Cardiff. And it gives snapshots of coffee at Kim’s kitchen table, of dogs in parks, and of his family’s holiday cottage in Amroth.
- As such, it is an archive of archives, of layers and moments in Kim’s and other peoples’ lives. Only since his death in 2014 has it been opened and viewed in its entirety by Kim’s friends, family, and members of the KFA
- The archive is currently in the process of being moved to the Coal Exchange, Cardiff Bay and being transferred into stewardship of the KFA.
- While Kim was an assiduous keeper of things, and there’s a definite logic to how things have been archived, a lot of the material lacks titles, dates, places, people’s names, etc.
- The KFA wants to engage with artists, friends of Kim, researchers, archivists, etc. to begin identifying people, things and places in the archive, and to fill in some of the gaps.
- A sorting / boxing process has begun and the KFA recognises the urgent need to conserve / digitise some of the materials before they deteriorate.
- We also want to preserve the archive for posterity and for the enjoyment of others, and our longer term aims are to open up physical and digital access to it.
- Our first step to doing this is through a series of artistic responses and oral history conversations, led by members of the KFA, beginning in Spring 2016.
How can I get involved?
- Come along to one our regular archive events at the Coal Exchange – see Facebook for more details
- Offer expertise / equipment for conservation, digitisation
- Volunteer to help archive and conserve
- Look out for opportunities for artists, writers, musicians, etc. to make responses to the archive
- Join the KFA to be a part of that community and organisation, and contribute to development of the Kim Fielding Award as well as the Kim Fielding Archive.