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Other Educated Persons:
Art & Art Organisations in the East End of London 1972 - 1999

Screenshot of OEP front page

This multimedia web resource, including digital video, sounds and images, is the first of its kind to be archived by VADS. It was developed by Anne Baker, an artist working in digital media who has pioneered experimental forms of virtual gallery design.

OEP is a rich and unique resource and contains twenty four interviews with artists and art organisations in the East London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets and covers the years from 1972 to 1999. Anne's intention was to make the visual environment which surrounds each interview as rich as possible in order to reflect and complement the nature of the artists' work. This results in an oral history of a dynamic region of artistic activity, during a pivotal period of artistic development in the UK. OEP is of particular value as the story of these artists and art organisations, little documented elsewhere, is told in their own words, making it an excellent primary resource for research purposes.

The title "Other Educated Persons" comes from the classification accorded to artists as part of the terms of the 19th century census. Unlike other other types of occupation, for example, doctors, lawyers and clergyman, artists had an ambiguous social standing which explains this category. As Anne remarks in her introduction to "OEP"; It could be argued that artists are still not characterised as professionals even today. Anne's work clearly belongs to the area of study which examines the changing socio-economic status of the artist. This also has a specific meaning within the context of London, whose artist populations have undergone many geographical migrations within the bounds of the city in the past two hundred years, which reflect changes in social structure, economic viability and artistic personae.

This website was produced as part of Anne Baker's dissertation for the MA in Computer Applications and Art History at Birkbeck College, London.

How to use

Flowers East, Sally Musgrove, 1998

VADS has archived this resource in collaboration with Anne, such that the website is accessible in its entirety from the links at the bottom of this page.

In order to view the site properly you will require a web browser that supports JAVA - this is Netscape Navigator 2.0 and above and all versions of Internet Explorer. (The application has been tested by VADS using Netscape Communicator versions 4.07 and 4.6).

Some of the pages include QuickTime "movies" of the artists and their studios. In order to view the QuickTime materials you will need to download the Quicktime plugin installer from Apple, if you do not already have it installed

Our tests have shown that In order to minimise browser errors when viewing, make sure that each page is fully downloaded before attempting to move through the web document.

A Shockwave plugin is also required for a small number of pages in the resource.

Copyright and permitted uses

The "Other Educated Persons" website and its contents are copyright of Anne Baker and Birkbeck College.

The contents of this website including textual, image and quicktime materials may be used for private research and study purposes only. They may not be copied, altered or amended in any way without first gaining the permission of the copyright holder.

Contact details and further information

More about Anne Baker and further examples of her work may be found at:

Anne's Cafe - a web gallery displaying experimental digital art and multimedia

Anne may be contacted via e-mail at:

To Access the Collection, either:

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