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Demarco Digital Archive


The Demarco Digital Archive is an online, non-profit-making, publicly-funded educational research resource of approximately 10,000 records from the archives of Richard Demarco. The records are photographs, documents, publications, and other printed material. The original archival material was created or gathered by Richard Demarco. All the digital records are drawn from the Demarco archives held by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA) and the Demarco European Art Foundation (DEAF). SNGMA holds most of Demarco’s archive covering 1963 to 1995. It comprises documents, publications, scrapbooks, albums and press cuttings, plus some artworks, photographs and films. DEAF retained the large majority of Demarco’s photographs and a substantial collection of artworks, and since 1995 has amassed more documents, publications and other printed material. The location of archival items at SNGMA or DEAF is given in the data accompanying each digital record. 

The Demarco Digital Archive project was made possible by a grant awarded to researchers in the School of Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (now Council) in November 2004. The project commenced in May 2005 and concluded in April 2008 with the launch of the Demarco Digital Archive website. The aims of the project were:

1) To digitize and make accessible a selection of images from the DEAF and SNGMA archives to document the range of Richard Demarco’s work.

2) Identify and cross-reference significant images likely to assist research in the visual and performing arts, literature and cultural studies.

3) Make accessible information about art and culture in Scotland, and about the people with whom Demarco worked, including artists of international importance.

4) Increase awareness of the archives and their historical value, not least in documenting connections between avant-garde artists of Eastern and Western Europe during and after the Cold War.

The Fine Art project members were: Euan McArthur (Principle Investigator) Arthur Watson (Co-investigator) Elaine Shemilt (Co-investigator)

The Project Team was: Stephen Robb (Project Manager) Matthew Davis (Project Archivist) Aileen McGibbon (Digital Scanning Specialist)

Current Team: Arthur Watson, Euan McArthur (Retired), Adam Lockhart (Lecturer Collections & Archives)

The Demarco Digital Archive website is maintained by DJCAD, University of Dundee.



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