The Grim Reaper of the Art Archives

Steven Miller is the Head of the National Art Archive and Capon Research Library at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, so how did he come to be known as The Grim Reaper of art archives?

Part of Steve’s role is to contact artists and request that they leave their archives- their sketchbooks, letters, journals and photos to the Art Gallery which he says has led to the moniker as, “if I have a visit, artists normally think oh my god, he must think I’m about to die.”

Steve is passionate about his work for the Gallery, he fell into archiving after taking a summer job at the Gallery and is the longest serving employee. He’s worked on digitising the Art Gallery’s collections which has had a surprising outcome. He told GLAMcity hosts, Tamson Pietsch and Chelsea Barnett that a popular digital exhibition, World War One Remembered commemorating World War One became a physical exhibition after many viewers requested to see the objects offline.

Further reading:

Art Gallery of NSW

World War One Remembered Art Gallery of New South Wales digital exhibition


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