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Project information

Document/ Image/ Memory: Iniva's archive

Within Iniva's Stuart Hall library we hold an incredible archive; a unique resource that documents over a decade of our work with culturally diverse and international visual artists. By preserving and cataloguing the archive we want to make it a resource to enrich public understanding of our work

March 2011 - July 2014

Charity information: Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva)

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  • Need


    Over 20 years Iniva has changed attitudes to cultural diversity and shown the work of diverse artists from the UK, Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Our archive tells this story and that of all the artists with whom we’ve worked. We want to open the archive to the public so that it can develop knowledge amongst artists, researchers, schools and community groups and inform our future work. However for this to happen, we desperately need to catalogue and preserve its materials.


    This project will enable an archivist to explore and assess our archive. With this professional assessment, Iniva can then approach funders to support the major work in cataloging the materials on offer. Once fully catalogued and preserved, Iniva's archive will form the centre of a regular programme of workshops, talks and events to ensure that as many people as possible can learn and benefit from access to it.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make Iniva's archive publicly and widely accessible


    » Employ an archivist to assess the archive
    » Use the archivist's report as a tool to gain support from major funders

    What success will look like

    Success will be that the archive can be easily accessed by the public. Currently access is restricted and by appointment only, with materials often unable to be found.

  • Impact


    Use of the archive will increase significantly through rising visitor numbers, dedicated workshops and events involving schools, communities and artists and increased use by Iniva's curators and associate researchers. Currently the archive is accessed 100 times a year. Success will see this rise to 500 times a year. Less measurably, the archive will enable more critical analysis of, and public engagement around cultural diversity and internationalism and contemporary visual arts.


    There is a risk that, once the project is started, the volume of works turns out to be significantly greater than at first expected, the project takes longer than predicted and therefore the project costs are exceeded.

    Iniva is dealing with this risk by drawing on the expertise of a highly qualified and well regarded archivist who, from exploring the archive, will give a strong recommendation as to the length of time required to undertake the project.


    Donors will receive a monthly email update on the progress of the project, which will also highlight materials that have been discovered and are of particular interest.

    At the end of the project donors will be invited to and thanked at a launch event where they can also explore the archive.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Archivist Employing an archivist
  • Background


    The project will take place at Rivington Place, a public gallery built by and home to Iniva and its partner Autograph since 2007. Rivington Place is the first new-build art gallery in London for 40 years and the only building dedicated to educating the public in the work of culturally diverse and international artists. Rivington Place is based in Shoreditch, Hackney, an area known both for being a creative hub for artists and galleries and, equally, as one of the most deprived areas in London.


    Researchers, academics, curators, artists and students from London, the UK and across the world will all benefit from a newly accessible resource on cultural diversity and internationalism within contemporary visual arts.

    Schools and community groups from across Hackney and east London will benefit from workshops focused on the archive, which will allow them to learn about the work of culturally diverse artists and to explore the debates within the visual arts around culture and identity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The project opens up Iniva's history to the public and as such Iniva is the best charity to carry out this work. Additionally we have a 17 year history of managing library and archive catalogues through the Stuart Hall Library, all focused on cultural diversity, critical theory and visual arts. As such we have the experience to manage the project and to ensure the archive continues to be maintained in the future.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sonia Hope

    Sonia is responsible for the Stuart Hall Library and all of its collections. She has significant experience of working with library and archives.

    Teresa Cisneros-Ledda

    With over 4 years experience running educational projects for Iniva, Teresa will bring her expertise to designing workshops for schools and groups.

    Holly Callaghan

    Holly runs a busy schedule of events in the Stuart Hall library and through these will ensure public engagement with the archive.

Tapes from Iniva archive

Tapes from Iniva archive