British Artists Film and Video

  • British Artists' Film & Video Study Collection is a unique research collection dedicated to the work of UK and international moving image artists. Founded in 2000 by David Curtis, it comprises of copies of film and video works, publications, paper documents, posters as well as other material relating to artists’ moving image such as exhibitions, events, and institutions. It exists to support research by students based at Central Saint Martins as well as individual researchers from outside the college.


  • Film & Video Posters
    The Study Collection holds the following posters, many illustrated here; most are from very limited print-runs; some are hand-made originals; A4-size posters are usually included in artist files, and are not listed here.
  • Films/Videos
    The Study Collection holds the following films & videos and compilations. The collection is now international, but its unique strength is its British work of the 70s, 80s and 90s. See also ‘still images’ and ‘posters’.
  • Images
    Most still images in The Study Collection relate to individual films & videos, but see also ‘Special Collections’; some images are held as electronic files only.
  • Publications
    The Study Collection holds hundreds of books, exhibition catalogues, distribution catalogues, monographs on artists, magazines and published programme-notes and schedules.
  • Year Files
    The Year Files contain film/video related ephemera gathered by year from 1961 onwards; newspaper articles, fliers, programmes from short-lived venues, multi-artist exhibitions and other events from organisations we don’t currently hold files on. They are largely uncatalogued, but summarised here.