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Introduction

The 140 box archive comprises the professional records and personal papers created and accumulated by Barry Flanagan (1941 – 2009). It contains records authored by Flanagan throughout his career while resident in London, Ibiza, Amsterdam and Dublin. From the late 1970s, the artist employed a number of personal assistants to keep records and gather information.

The material includes sketches, plans for sculptures, writings, notebooks, photographs, source material and printed 'funds' – in denominations of five, ten and fifty – used by the artist to pay his collaborators. Amongst the records are early papers and photographs dating from the 1920s given to Flanagan by his mother, Monica Flanagan

Barry Flanagan's diaries record appointments and note key dates. His correspondence with professional colleagues, friends and family includes planning for exhibitions, commissions and charitable works. Letters to and from Leslie Waddington, director of Waddington Galleries, demonstrate a close professional association which lasted over thirty years.

Among the papers are casting records orders and invoices. They reflect the close professional relationships he enjoyed with a number of foundries, especially A&A Sculpture Casting, London, from 1979, reformed in 1992 as AB Fine Art Foundry. Other papers relate to Rowford Process, a trade account he established in 1978 to manufacture furniture and to enable the acquisition of materials at trade price.

The archive contains records which Flanagan maintained in collaboration with The Rowan Gallery from 1966-1975 and Waddington Galleries, London, from 1976-2009. These records include logbooks which provide catalogue entries for works, along with photograph and slide files.

The Barry Flanagan archive is housed in the Estate office, in Poplar East London. We are open by appointment to researchers. Please click here to register interest and complete the application form.

For a short resume of Barry Flanagan's career click here

Archive file entries are arranged to maintain the order set up by Flanagan. They were arranged chronologically by category. The principal categories called series are:
  • Sketches, 'funds' and writings
  • Diaries
  • Photographic material
  • Audiovisual material
  • Press and printed material
  • Operational papers
  • Other interests and research
These papers were bequeathed to the Estate of Barry Flanagan in 2009.
Copyright is held by the Estate of Barry Flanagan.
For information on access conditions please contact the Estate of Barry Flanagan

The Estate of Barry Flanagan also holds the archive of Monica Flanagan [MON], Barry Flanagan's mother, comprising diaries, photographs, notes and correspondence.