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February 2014

Iniva at Art14 – see work by Kimathi Donkor and Lubaina Himid

Iniva is delighted to announce its participation at Art14 international art fair this weekend. This year we will be exhibiting artworks for sale as well as contributing to the public programme of talks. Visit us at Stand N9.

At Art14 over 180 galleries from 40 countries will showcase over 700 artists, from emerging talents to modern masters. The fair will feature a range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, editions and more.

Situated within the not-for-profit section of the fair, Iniva will be showing work by celebrated international artists that we have worked with over the last year. All proceeds of artwork sales support our artistic and educational programme.

Expect to see large scale paintings by Kimathi Donkor, works on paper by Lubaina Himid as well as limited edition prints by Peter Clarke. There’s also a chance to view and purchase limited copies of the Rivington Place Portfolio, which includes work by Sonia Boyce, Hew Locke, Isaac Julien and Chris Ofili.

As an official partner of Art14 London, we have a special 2 for 1 offer on £12 Standard Tickets. Simply quote ‘INIVA’ when booking online to redeem your ticket.

Iniva’s Talks programme

Saturday 1st March, 4pm
How is India navigating its own recent art history? With Zasha Colah, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai; art historian, critic and curator Deepak Ananth and art critic Zehra Jumabhoy.

Sunday 2nd March, 1:30pm
Hong Kong and Singapore – as places on the move, what are the implications for contemporary art in SouthEast Asia. With curator Sally Lai and Ying Kwok, founder of the Collectors Club, Hong Kong.

Sunday 2nd March, 3pm
Africa in the Spotlight – as interest increases, what is happening in parts of this vast continent, and what are the realities for artists?
With art historian Liese van der Watt, curator and research fellow Christine Eyene and independent curator Yasmina Reggad.

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Favourite bits of the Stuart Hall Library

To mark National Libraries Day This Saturday 8 February Librarian Susan gives us a few quick tips and favourite bits of Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library

When did you first become interested in working in Libraries?

Way back in the mists of 1985 when I was trying and failing to make a living as an artist. It was a stroke of luck to get a part-time library assistant job at the Sir John Cass School of Art at Whitechapel. It was a big change from my previous job in a benefits office; a typical library enquiry at that time was “where can I find books on feminist art?” a nice change from “where is my giro cheque?” I worked happily at the institution for 28 years, and was eventually responsible for the image collection.

Could you give us a brief summary of the Stuart Hall library in your own words?

The Library supports Iniva’s aim to explore the diversity of contemporary culture and society through art. The collection helps our users to study and engage with the current debates.  The stock of exhibition catalogues impressed me; with publications covering shows in countries as diverse as Palestine, Vietnam and Cuba. I am looking forward to working on the artists’ archive and zines collection.

Our visitors include students, artists, PhD scholars and writers. Since I started work here, in November 2013, I have sat in on two of the Library’s evening Research Network meetings. The stimulating talks by artists and writers were followed by discussions, drinks and nibbles in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

What is your favorite thing about the Stuart Hall Library?

The quiet, studious atmosphere makes it easy for researchers (and me) to concentrate. The Library’s geometric wood and concrete architecture (David Adjaye) contributes to the sense of calm; taking you away from the bustle of Shoreditch.

What makes the Stuart Hall Library different?

The focus on alternative ideas and art practices from around the world. It is exciting to see new ideas from emerging British artists working outside the mainstream of the gallery system.

What’s your favorite book in the Library collection? (if that’s not too hard a question to answer!)

I am attracted to the artists’ fresh, inventive use of materials combined with elements of Korean popular culture in  ‘Korean Art : The Power of Now’ ed. Hossein Amirsadeghi. But I have only been here a couple of months, so there is still plenty to discover and a dictionary’s-worth of new art vocabulary to acquire!

Find out more about the Stuart Hall Library

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Education Curator Teresa on Professional Development

Professional development can help make or break careers – we asked our Education Curator Teresa Cisneros to give her thoughts on the subject and offer some career tips for young professionals

What professional development have you experienced and what helped you most in your career?

Back when I was studying for my MA in arts administration as part of the course we were required to undertake paid placements and through that I was able to meet people and build a network of contacts. After the placements I continued to do some volunteering with projects which were relevant to my interests, and from that experience I was headhunted and offered a job on the spot! I would say though, that it was due to my being around the sort of organisations in which I’d like to work, and asking questions.

Another thing that really helped my career – after several job interviews and not getting being successful – was to be persistent.  I emailed the director of a company I had applied to and asked very boldly for feedback as to why I was not given the job, and he actually replied to my email and asked for a meeting.  I then got a job!  So I guess it’s a little about leaving your mark, but also taking up opportunities when they are offered.  If someone is willing to meet you or introduce you to others this is great to develop your career. I don’t like to network much, however, it helps to be open to just meeting people, or asking people to meet me for a conversation.

Overall I would say that what has been key to developing my career were the paid placements and the volunteering I did afterwards, followed by having an assertive character…!


What is your favorite thing about working with students / young professionals?

My favorite thing is when I don’t see them for some time and they drop by Rivington Place and we catch up on their careers or they come by for a coffee to ask for more advice. Whenever I meet students or artists I always say my door is open but very few actually take it up.

For instance, on the first Inivators project I did, I had seven students some of which are still in touch, one is an assistant curator at a major university collection in the USA, one is a graphic designer and another was going to become a personal coach for young people. And of course so many are now in real art jobs…which is most gratifying. I hope perhaps by working with me they learned just one thing that has helped them develop professionally.  I also really enjoy just talking to others and listening to what they think or how they see art, helping them out on their ideas for art projects, or providing them with contacts. In the end I guess my role is part advisor, part creator.


What are you planning this year at Iniva in terms of professional development?

For now – three exhibitions with university groups (University of  East London, Central St Martins and the University of Westminster), and I’m also hoping to work with an emerging artist who I’ve worked with in the past, he just received his first ACE grant so I’m feeling really proud of him.

I am also doing CPD with teachers from the largest primary school in the UK, Newport Primary School, with artist Aya Haidar. Aya is delivering a schools project working with parents, teachers and students. I am doing CPD with A Space (creative learning and support organisation) on how to use Iniva’s resource, the Emotional Learning Cards, and last but not least, I’m hoping to kick off a series of talks with an emerging arts collective… (this is professional development as I am hoping to support their first forays into public research…)!

Gallery Spaces and art institutions are great spaces for learning and skills development. With this in mind through our Learning Programme Iniva are developing a new strand of work focusing on the nurturing of the next generation of emerging artists.

If you are interested in learning how Iniva can work with you or your student, or if you’re an emerging artist who would like to have a conversation, please do get in touch with me at


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