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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 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 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.

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

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