Fonds F2953 - Clive Robertson fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Clive Robertson fonds

General material designation

  • Textual record

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title is based on the creator of the fonds.

Level of description


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1964-2019 (Creation)
    Robertson, Clive

Physical description area

Physical description

2.62 m of textual records, 2914 photographs, 1 postcard

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Working as an artist, curator, critic and artist historian since 1972, Clive Robertson attended art colleges in Plymouth, Liverpool and Cardiff before receiving an MFA (Performance Art Studies) from the University of Reading (UK) in 1971, and a doctorate in Communication Studies, Concordia, 2006. As an emerging artist, curator and publisher he worked with Fluxus artists, Joseph Beuys, Robert Filliou, Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles while curating a number of defining Canadian and international performance and video festivals in the 1970s, and media arts exhibitions and events in the 1980s and 1990s. His performance, video and audio works have been seen and heard in North and South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan and Australia. THEN + THEN AGAIN: Practices Within An Artist-Run Culture, 1969-2006 was a national touring archival retrospective exhibition (2007-11) of his individual and collaborative art, curatorial and publishing projects. His work is also currently featured in a Canadian joint museum touring exhibition: TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965-1980.

Prior to teaching art history and cultural studies at Queen's, for 30 years Clive worked as a media artist, theorist, practitioner and national policy spokeperson within the artist-run centre movement directing interdisciplinary production and display spaces in Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. An exemplar of multi-format publishing, Clive is a founding editor/publisher of Voicespondence Audio Art Publishing, Arton's Video Publishing and Centerfold/ FUSE magazine. His writings on art and culture have appeared in Art & Artists, artsCanada, Parachute, FILE, FUSE, La Mamelle, High Performance, Parallélogramme, C Magazine, Public, Inter, Akimbo and RACAR, with 23 book chapters published on performance, media arts, cultural politics and policy. He is an international editorial board member of Inter magazine and remains on the advisory board of FUSE magazine.

Custodial history

Scope and content

Fonds consist of research and lecture notes, correspondence, manuscripts, and other material related to the study and teaching of art at Queen's University and Concordia, as well as records relating to Canada Council grants, and the management of FUSE Magazine.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Donated by Clive Robertson, 2016.


Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright provisions may apply. Please consult with an archivist.

Associated materials

Related materials


Further accruals are expected

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions



Level of detail


Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created on 31-07-2017. Last updated 23-03-2018. Archivist: Heather Home.

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres

Location (use this to request the file)

  • Shelf: 2319.8