Iniva and Manchester Art Gallery name Jade Montserrat as the first artist to be commissioned for Future Collect – a dynamic new partnership to transform the culture of collecting to better reflect contemporary British society.
Future Collect is a three-year programme which partners with national and regional museums and galleries to commission artists of African and/or Asian descent, British born or based. Crucially these commissions give an opportunity for an artist to be collected and exhibited by a major British institution – as well as contributing to a wider public debate on collections and whose heritage is being preserved. The project is funded by Art Fund and Arts Council England.
Jade Montserrat is an artist based in the North of England whose research-led work explores the interplay of art and activism through performance, drawing, painting, film, installation, sculpture, print and text. Her Future Collect commission will go on display at Manchester Art Gallery in autumn 2020, and will investigate the existing collection at the gallery to open up conversation with other practitioners.
A public education programme will run alongside the exhibited commission, including conversations, study days, workshops and a major conference. The conference will revisit the urgent call that Professor Stuart Hall, founding chair of Iniva, made in his keynote speech at a national conference, Whose Heritage? The Impact of Cultural Diversity on Britain’s Living, held in Manchester in November 1999. Hall called for a re-imagined Britain, reinvented for all who refuse to become ‘other’ in order to belong, and the Future Collect conference will ask whether these questions are still relevant to raise when thinking about today’s museums.
As well as wide-ranging events for the general public, the inaugural Future Collect will also feature a number of professional network opportunities for curators and artists, organised by Future Collect Project Manager, Rohini Malik Okon and Curatorial Trainee Nikita Gill.
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.
Iniva and Manchester Art Gallery are very grateful for the generous support of Arts Council England and Art Fund.
Image: Jade Montserrat, Love, The Rural Assembly, Wysing Arts Centre, 2019.