Institute of International Visual Arts

by Lynda Lorraine

What is Iniva and why do I support them?

Iniva stands for Institute of International Visual Arts and is a radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation.

I visited the Stuart Hall Library for the first time in 2018 and was impressed that there was a resource of this type dedicated to working predominantly with British-born and British-based visual artists of African and Asian descent, supporting them at different stages in their careers. As well as offering residencies, commissioning new work and promoting existing practices enabling artistic ambition and development their library contains archives of books, exhibition catalogues and zines involving these artists.

By cultivating innovative thinking, they are committed to disseminating research across a wide cultural spectrum and geographical network. Their ambition is to build a greater body of knowledge around each of the artists with whom they work to ensure the legacy of their practices for future generations of researchers and audiences.

They collaborate with artists, curators, researchers and cultural producers to challenge conventional notions of diversity and difference. They engage with a wide audience, particularly young people, in discourse and debate on issues surrounding the politics of race, class and gender.

If you are a British-born or British-based visual artist of African or Asian descent and are interested in contributing to their archive please get in touch with Iniva directly or you can chat to me about it via my contact form. I would love to hear from anyone that is an artist of African or Asian descent as these groups are particularly underrepresented in the arts and libraries.

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