Number of items in collection: 4093

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Recordings in this collection can be played by anyone.

This collection documents the lives of individuals involved in British art, including painters, sculptors, curators, dealers and critics. The interviews were conducted as part of Artists' Lives (C466), an ongoing oral history project that was initiated in 1990 by National Life Stories, the charitable trust based in the oral history section of the British Library, in collaboration with Tate Archive. Its aim is to enable British artists to create a record of their experiences in their own words to complement, enlarge and sometimes challenge accounts by other commentators. Whilst the recordings in this collection concentrate in depth on each individual's working practice, it is important that they are life stories, rooting the speakers in the society which formed them rather than isolating them solely within the art world.

Oral history recordings provide valuable first-hand testimony of the past.  The views and opinions expressed in oral history interviews are those of the interviewees, who describe events from their own perspective.  The interviews are historical documents and their language, tone and content might in some cases reflect attitudes that could cause offence in today’s society.

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