“…an extraordinary archive of film and video art and LUX’s ongoing role in collecting, caring for and distributing moving image art is the essential core of the signature arts of the recent past and the near future.”
– Sean Cubitt, Head of Media, Goldsmiths College
The LUX collection is formed from the merged collections of our predecessor organisations: the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, London Video Arts and The Lux Centre.
Originally open access, it is now curated by an acquisitions panel of internal and external advisors who meet on a quarterly basis. The character of the collection is broad and inclusive, containing a diverse range of works including but not limited to artists’ moving image, experimental film, video art, essay film, personal film, animation and much more.
It is internationally recognised as one of the leading archives of artists’ moving image work in the world. As well as the technical care and preservation of the works, LUX undertakes a significant amount of research work to produce context and cataloguing data to enable works to be better accessed by individuals and organisations within the UK and abroad.
LUX represents all of the works on behalf of the artists and their estates, with royalty fees being returned to them for all loans. LUX works closely with artists and their estates to ensure preservation and long-term access to work, providing advice to the wider community of practitioners and arts organisations.