The Belkin Gallery houses archival collections complementing its collections of art and providing a resource for exhibitions, teaching, and learning, and scholarly research. Related especially to contemporary art since the 1960s, the archives include the papers of artists, art historians, and collectors, and contain material in multiple media (textual, graphic, moving image and sound), with a thematic focus on conceptual art, concrete poetry, mail art, performance art, social art history, and cultural history.
The Archives is open to all researchers by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please contact Susannah Smith, Archivist to plan your visit.
Archival holdings can be searched along with with our permanent collection at:
A detailed list of holdings is also available at Memory BC:
Prominent holdings include:
Established in 1992, the Morris/Trasov Archive is housed at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. The Morris/Trasov Archive is an extensive collection related to the art practices of “Michael Morris” and “Vincent Trasov”. The items that comprise the archive date predominantly from 1969 to 1974.» read more
The Kenneth Coutts-Smith Fonds is a multiple media collection of the papers of this English artist, critic and historian active in Canada, consisting of Coutts-Smith correspondence, manuscripts, and other papers predominantly from 1952-81, including a collection of artists files, especially Yugoslav artists such as zaj.» read more
The Peter Day Collection of concrete poetry consists of over two thousand items predominantly 1960—90 with an emphasis on sound, found, one word, and typewriter poetry as well as on Ian Hamilton Finlay, bill bissett, Arrigo Lora-Totino, and concrete poets of Italy, Spain, Canada, and South America.» read more
The Eric Metcalfe Fonds consists of the papers of the Canadian artist known as Dr. Brute, associated with Lady Brute (Kate Craig) and with Leopard Reality; the fond contains multiple media material largely from 1968—72.» read more