Over the next few months, we’ll be developing the archive section on Art in Scotland TV. You’ll soon be able to see a large range of films, from places like Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh, exploring the arts scene in the early 2000s. We’ll also be adding more recent content from 2012/13.
Much of the content from the early 2000s comes from the local TV channels run by the Institute of Local Television, such as Channel Six Dundee and Edinburgh Television. Set up in 2001 Channel Six Dundee was an innovative TV music and arts channel broadcasting to those parts of Dundee reached by the Tay Bridge transmitter. Where available, the signal was easy to receive on portable as well as main TV sets. Viewers could dial up and select the music videos they wanted to appear on air across the City. With this local engagement viewers shaped the selection of content and local bands as well as artists were encouraged to provide their own music videos and short arts films.
The local TV archive is also in the collection of the National Library of Scotland. The archive includes recent programmes on the Traverse Theatre, Louise Bourgeois, plays by Clout Theatre reflections on the Richard Demarco Archive but stretches back to include the 1980s Red Star Cinema news and documentaries shot on Super 8 and includes examples of local TV programming and discussion from around the world filmed throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
We’re also looking for contributions to this archive. Between the time the local tv channels closed, and the first of our .tv websites were launched, there was a gap of a few years. If you’re an artist or arts organisation, and you have videos of exhibitions or events from the mid 2000s, please get in touch. We’d love to include them as part of the archive.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.