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Commission to Collect

01 Sep 2019-01 Sep 2020

Iniva is delighted to announce the launch of a major ‘commissioning-to-collect’ project made possible with support from Arts Council England and Art Fund.

To commemorate its 25th anniversary in 2019, Iniva is initiating an exciting partnership project working with three national museums and galleries in the UK, one each year over the next three years. Supported by Arts Council England and Art Fund, an artist of African and/or Asian descent, British born or based will be commissioned to produce an outstanding new artwork. Each commission will be accessioned into one collection each year with the aim of better reflecting the breadth of contemporary British society.

The project aims to transform curatorial practice around commissioning within major British art galleries and museums, supporting professional development opportunities. Alongside the commission will run an ambitious public engagement programme that aims to cultivate a new generation of young people and their families to be self-assured visitors to galleries and museums.

In this inaugural year, Iniva working in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery to commission a new work for their permanent collection. With Art Fund’s support Iniva and Manchester Art Gallery will invite artist proposals in the autumn of 2019 and create a new curatorial traineeship working across both institutions. There will be plenty of opportunity for audiences in both Manchester and London to meet and learn about the chosen artist, as well as view the commissioned work in 2020.

Curator, writer and researcher Rohini Malik Okon has now been appointed Curatorial Project Manager. Rohini has worked with a number of prominent UK collections and museums and cultural institutions including Southbank Centre, Goldsmiths College, Arts Council England, Horniman Museum and Autograph ABP.
Rohini says of the project:
“I am particularly excited by the collaborative vision and long-term transformative potential of Commission to Collect, and look forward to working in partnership to commission exceptional new work by artists of African and Asian descent, mentor the next generation curators through our curatorial traineeships, influence how works are acquired by national organisations and find ways of animating existing collections through creative public programming.”

Iniva and Manchester Art Gallery are very grateful for the generous support of Arts Council England and Art Fund.

Image: Iniva's stand at London Art Fair 2019. Photo by George Torode, 2019.
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