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Courtesy of Ivan Sutherland. Copyright: CC-Att-SA-3 (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0) Museum no. AAD/2009/19/17/5.

Courtesy of Ivan Sutherland. Copyright: CC-Att-SA-3 (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0) Museum no. AAD/2009/19/17/5.

The V&A's Archive of Art and Design holds the working papers of individual artists and designers, as well as the records of companies and associations involved in all aspects of applied art and design. The archives can be consulted by appointment at Blythe House, located near Olympia in West London.

Computer art is represented in the archives by a diverse array of material that spans over 50 years, from the 1960's onwards. The archives of both the Computer Arts Society and Patric Prince, an American art historian and computer art archivist, chart the rise of computer-generated art.

An extensive collection of books on the field of computer art and computer graphics are available to see and these are listed on the National Art Library catalogue.  In addition, the archive includes artist files, conference papers and proceedings, exhibition catalogues and booklets (1953 – 2001), press cuttings and reviews of exhibitions, slides, photographs, posters, AV material, and journals such as PAGE, Computer Graphics (1977 – 2004) and Computers and Automation (1963 – 1980).

Computer Art Archives

  • Computer Arts Society
    AAD/2007/7
  • Patric Prince Archive
    AAD/2009/19

The V&A’s computer art collection can be viewed in the Museum’s Prints & Drawings Study Room.

Find out more about the V&A’s computer art collection

Contact details

Archive of Art and Design
Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London, W14 0QX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2303
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Access to the Archive of Art and Design

The Archive of Art and Design, the V&A Archive, the V&A Theatre and Performance Collections and the Beatrix Potter Collections are located at The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion at Blythe House, Olympia in West London. The study centre is open Tuesday to Fridays, from 10.00 to 16.30, by appointment only.

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