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University of the Arts London: Chelsea College of Art and Design

WILLATS, Stephen (b 1943)


Reference code(s): GB 0000 Willats

Held at: University of the Arts London: Chelsea College of Art and Design

Title: WILLATS, Stephen (b 1943)

Date(s): 1960s-1998

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 8 boxes

Name of creator(s): Willats | Stephen | b 1943 | conceptual artist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, London, 1943; worked at Ealing School of Art, 1962-1963; taught at Chelsea School of Art, 1960s; editor and publisher of Control Magazine, 1965-2002; Director, The Centre for Behavioural Art, London, 1972-1973; D.A.A.D. Fellowship, West Berlin, 1979-1980; Convenor of the Symposium, 'Art Creating Society', Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1990; solo and group exhibitions, 1964-2000, in the UK and Europe. Publications include: Art and social function. three projects (Latimer New Dimensions, London, 1976).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Stephen Willats, 1960s-1998, comprising documentation relating mainly to his West London Social Resource Project in the Greenford, Hanwell and Osterley area, [1972], including questionnaires, re-modeling books and manuals for Greenford, Hanwell and Osterley, black and white photographs of the areas, audio tape of statement and interviews with project operators, examples of returns from re-modeling books and manuals, participants' sheets, public decision sheets, map of project area, exhibition display mounts; papers relating to his Edinburgh Social Model Construction Project, 1973, including project operators' manuals, problem sheets for project areas, participant project file; advertising posters, photographs; exhibition catalogues, 1968-1998, for exhibitions of Willats' work in the UK, Europe and Toronto.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The material is filed chronologically. The photographs and exhibition display material are unsorted.

Conditions governing access:

By written application to the Site Librarian, Manresa Road, London, SW3 6LS. Researchers from the London Institute may visit by appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted, although copying of fragile material is at the discretion of the librarian.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A list is available at Chelsea College of Art & Design Manresa Road Library. Some material is uncatalogued.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Stephen Willats.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Control magazine and publications by Stephen Willats are held in Chelsea College of Art and Design's main collection.

Notebooks, drawings, files and other material relating to his work 'Metafilter', 1973-1975 (reference: TGA 999), held by the Tate Gallery Archive.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Victoria Miro Gallery website: Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2002

Contemporary art | Art styles
Photographs | Visual materials
Fine arts

Personal names
Willats | Stephen | b 1943 | conceptual artist

Corporate names

Greenford | Middlesex | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Hanwell | Middlesex | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Osterley | Middlesex | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe