BAC Cataloguing Grant for Business Archives related to the Arts

BAC are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2018 Grant for Business Archives related to the Arts is Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) for the cataloguing of its institutional archive collection.

This year saw an increase in the number of applications and a very high standard of entries. It was a difficult decision, but the panel felt that Iniva’s cataloguing project would make a real difference, was achievable and realistic, and would lead to further projects and initiatives.

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is an evolving, radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation. Iniva was established with significant investment by Arts Council England in 1994, in response to years of campaigning for better representation of Black and Asian artists in British arts institutions. Considered a pioneering organisation, one of its principal aims 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. Working in partnership with other organisations for over two decades, Iniva has commissioned new artworks, curated exhibitions internationally, published exhibition catalogues and monographs, and run an education programme.

As Iniva prepares to establish a dedicated archive space, as part of the Stuart Hall Library, it is a timely moment to catalogue its collection and make it available to the public. The archive collection comprises artist, exhibition and publication files as well as foundation documents, mission, strategy and policy records.

The catalogued collection will become a resource to inspire creativity for the next generation of artists and curators. It will be used for academic research, taking advantage of existing demand and established links with various academic institutions, as well as a postdoctoral research partnership. There will be tie-ins with Iniva’s 25th anniversary in 2019 – one planned project will trace the narrative of race and identity against a changing socio-political backdrop.

Iniva’s application demonstrated the significance and importance of the collection and existing research interest as well as potential for development. Extra activities and schemes planned as a result of the cataloguing were outlined and a clear and realistic project plan was included.

Melanie Keen, Director of Iniva says ‘It is great to be recognised by the Business Archives Council for the decades-long work that has been achieved at Iniva through successive generations of artists, writers, scholars and curators. This grant will allow us to realise a deeply-held ambition to cement our reputation as a world-class research centre with a specialist art collection – the Stuart Hall Library – at our heart. Cataloguing the archive will enable us to access other forms of support that will ensure achievement of our future plans, for that I and Iniva’s trustees are very grateful.

Please note that 2018 is the final year that this particular grant will be running, although the main grant, which is open to business collections, will continue to run. We’ll also be announcing an additional grant for 2019.

Any questions should be addressed to Anne Archer, Business Archives Council,

Find out about past winners:

2017 - Falmouth University - The Kneehigh Theatre Archive

2016 - Special Collections, Leeds University Library & Red Ladder Theatre Company

2015 - The National Gallery

2014 - Spike Island Artspace Ltd./Bristol Record Office (joint bid)

2013 - IRIE! Dance Theatre and Pentabus (two winners)