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Stuart Hall Library

Archive Collection

Explore iniva's Archive collection

Explore iniva’s history in art education, exhibition-making, publications, and previous projects centred around Black British art history from 1994 onwards.

iniva archive held in Stuart Hall Library documents iniva’s 29-year history (1994-2023) of exhibition, publication and event making and being an agent for change, advocating for social justice through working with artists and their communities in order to diversify the mainstream of art history and education.

iniva’s archive consists of 350 artists files containing 4500 slides, 1260 files of artist ephemera and 20 files on Iniva events and projects. It holds iniva’s founding documents including transcripts from iniva’s founding symposium Global Visions: Towards a New Internationalism and board papers 1994-present. We also hold in part papers and correspondence of Professor Stuart Hall as former Chair of iniva, OVA (Organisation of Visual Arts, a franchise of iniva) initiated by photographer Sunil Gupta and donated writings from David A. Bailey, artist Isaac Julien, Hanru Hou’s curatorial and research work at iniva as well as a Li Yun-chia’s research project.

iniva was awarded the Business Archive Council Cataloguing Grant in 2018 to allow us to begin cataloguing the archive collection and make its contents accessible for future artists, curators and the general public to research the rich history on contemporary art on artists of African and Asian descent.

Our archive catalogue is available online. The archive catalogue contains a small selection of archive a listing of archive for iniva’s Artist Files; Early Constitution and Governance Documents and Programming. A listing of the archive collections is also available online. Email library@iniva.org to view archival material with a minimum of a weeks notice. A max of 5 files per visit.

Explore iniva’s Archive collection

Email library@iniva.org our study space booking form a week in advance of your visit with a list of up to five items you wish to view.