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Tim Mara, The Black Room, 1987
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What Is The Archive?

The Tim Mara archive was set up in 1997 after the untimely premature death of the Artist in the same year. The archive is the only complete collection of his works (although many of his works can be viewed in the archives and collections of The Tate Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, and The Royal College of Art and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin).

It houses every known print work produced by the Artist during his 27 year career and consists of over 150 finished artworks and additional materials. Included in the archive are editioned and unique works on paper, original works on canvas and a number of experimental pieces such as drawings, constructions, photographs and plaster casts. The archive also has various preparatory and research materials such as sketchbooks, notebooks, photomontages, negatives and both photo and hand drawn stencils.

Why Was The Archive Set Up?

It was set up to preserve the substantial body of work which he created in his lifetime and to collate and organise the various aspects of his practice. The archive documents the tremendous achievements of the Artist and is evidence of his creative energies, interests, and intellectual rigour and consistency. It is a lasting coherent collection of Tim's activity that has the posterity of his work firmly in mind.

What Does The Archive Do?

In addition to housing, collating and preserving Timís work, the archive organises the curation of future exhibitions of the prints and discusses with interested venues and organisations the loan of individual or groups of work. The archive is responsible for the long-term promotion and profile of the Artistís work although it is not itself an exhibitions venue such as a Gallery or Museum.

At the present time the archive is not freely available for public viewing due to the fragility of much of the work and the organisation involved in a collection of such substantial size. However, individual requests to view/study the work are considered upon application to the archive trustees who also welcome the interest of and discussion with Gallery Curators/Exhibition Programme Directors concerning future shows.

The archive also co-ordinates the Tim Mara Trust Fund which was set up in 1998 to support innovation and excellence in the field of printmaking. This is achieved via the form of awards and bursaries to students of the discipline. Monies made from sales of the Artist's work maintain the Trust Fund. Profits from the sale of available prints go directly to the fund.

The archive has a stock of certain printworks which are used for this purpose. Since its inception the Trust Fund has awarded numerous prizes to graduating students and supported students of the discipline with their studies both in the UK and The Republic of Ireland.

How Can I Contact The Archive?

If you wish to approach the archive this is possible via the Artist's wife, Belinda Mara, who can be contacted on 44(0)208 532 2665
or by email at belindamara@hotmail.com

 
© Text: Mark Hampson / Images: Belinda Mara
 
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