Major art libraries conference held at Cardiff Met


​The Art Researchers’ Guide to Cardiff and South Wales​.

​Cardiff Metropolitan University recently hosted ARLIS/UK & Ireland: the Art Libraries Society’s 46th annual conference at its Llandaff Campus.

The three-day conference, which saw delegates from across the UK and Ireland gathering in the Welsh capital, offered librarians and art specialists the opportunity to explore the many ways in which art libraries can demonstrate their worth to the arts economy and further afield.

Topics included innovation, engagement, promotion and how to best demonstrate the roles librarians, archivists and information specialists can play in adding value to the impact their institutions have in the world of the arts.

Highlights included speakers from Cardiff Metropolitan University including Associate Dean of Cardiff School of Art and Design, Richard Morris, as well as Doreen Barnaville, Helen Clifford and Jenny Godfrey from the university’s Library Services.

External speakers were drawn from Museums Archives and Libraries Wales (MALD), Wales Artist Resource Programme (WARP) and Cardiff University’s special collections and archives (SCOLAR).

In addition, delegates enjoyed visits to arts venues in Cardiff Bay, the National Museum of Wales and SCOLAR , culminating in the conference dinner at Cardiff Castle.

The conference also provided the backdrop for the launch of the brand new ‘Art Researchers’ Guide to Cardiff and South Wales’, with the launch and drinks reception held in the new Cardiff School of Art and Design building.

The book was co-compiled by Cardiff Met’s Academic Librarian, Jenny Godfrey and describes the major libraries and repositories in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea with art and design resources. Cardiff Metropolitan University features strongly in the edition in the chapter compiled by Jenny Godfrey.

ARLIS/UK & Ireland: the Art Libraries Society is the professional organisation for people involved in providing library and information services and documenting resources in the visual arts. Founded in 1969, the Society is an educational charity with over 700 members worldwide, including librarians, archivists, libraries, publishers and specialist library suppliers.

Its members work in libraries and archives serving the academic, public, gallery and museum sectors.

ARLIS promotes excellence in the provision of library and information resources for the visual arts, architecture and design in order to extend information, appreciation and understanding for the benefit of all.

Through its networks and activities it provides a forum for debate, discussion and the dissemination of ideas relating to visual arts librarianship.

Speaking about the conference, Head of Library Services at Cardiff Met, Emma Adamson said:

It was a great privilege to host this conference at Cardiff Met and we are extremely pleased that the event was so incredibly well received by all the delegates. Many thanks to each of the Cardiff Met staff who contributed so fully to the conference either through speaking, attendance as a delegate, or via the excellent organisation and hospitality provided.

“There was a huge amount of information and knowledge shared over the course of the three days and I feel sure that all whom attended will be able to use this to the benefit of the sector and their institutions.”