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Re-Recordings: The African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive

24 June 2015 – 17 July 2015

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Private view: 23 June 2015 6:00–8.30pm


CHELSEA space exhibition
Documentation of the archive at the Special Collection at the Library at Chelsea College of Arts

CHELSEA space is pleased to announce the latest exhibition in our 2015 programme, curated by Liz Ward, the former Librarian of Chelsea College of Arts. The collection was established in 1985 and has historical links with a number of related archives such as those held by the Institute of International Visual Arts (InIVA). Items in the archive date from 1970, with in-depth coverage of the 1980s.

The African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive was established by Liz Ward at Chelsea College of Art & Design Library thirty years ago to document the work of young Black British artists who were confronting the prevailing orthodoxies of institutional structures. This exhibition provides an opportunity to investigate the records of exhibitions and associated events that were produced at the time, and demonstrates the continuing importance of documenting the practice and theory of Black visual art.

The structure of the exhibition relates in part to the publication Recordings, a select bibliography of African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain compiled by Melanie Keen and Liz Ward and published in 1996 by InIVA in collaboration with Chelsea College of Arts. Additionally, within the main exhibition there will be a display of ephemera, selected by Rahul Patel, relating to the specific exhibition The Devils Feast, and a rotating selection of other materials by the students from MA Curating & Collections.


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As with each exhibition at CHELSEA space, a new illustrated publication will accompany the show.

Press Information
For further information, images or to discuss interviews please contact:
Karen Di Franco or Sinead Cullen at CHELSEA space
via email info@chelseaspace.org or tel: 020 7514 6983

Notes to Editors
Images and further information are available upon request
About: CHELSEA space is a public exhibiting space, sited on the Millbank campus of Chelsea College of Arts, where invited art and design professionals are encouraged to work on experimental curatorial projects. See: www.chelseaspace.org
• In copy please refer to CHELSEA space and not ‘The Chelsea space.’
Gallery opening times: Wednesday-Friday 11am-5pm and by appointment.
Private view: Tuesday 23 June 2015, 6-8.30pm
Admission: FREE

Chelsea College of Arts is one of the world’s leading art and design institutions. Located at Millbank, next door to Tate Britain, Chelsea specialises in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Interior and Textiles Design. Since its origins in the 19th century, the College has produced many of the greatest names in the arts, including: Quentin Blake (illustrator and author) Ralph Fiennes (film and stage actor), AnishKapoor (sculptor), Steve McQueen, (artist), Chris Ofili (artist), Alan Rickman (film and stage actor), Alexei Sayle (comedian) and Gavin Turk (sculptor).

Operating at the heart of the world’s creative capital, University of the Arts London is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research in arts, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The University is made up of six Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art. Renowned names in the cultural and creative sectors produced by the University include 12 Turner prize winners and over half of all nominees, 10 out of 17 fashion designers named British Designer of the Year, more than half of the designers showcased in London Fashion Week and 12 out of 30 winners of the Jerwood Photography Award.




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