Iniva—the Institute of International Visual Arts—was established in 1994. Fueled by the diversity of contemporary British culture, its raison d’être has never strayed from its original philosophy of addressing inequalities in the representation of culturally diverse artists, curators and writers, and today continues to create exhibitions, publications, educational and research projects that highlight the work of creatives and academics from culturally diverse backgrounds.
In 2007 Iniva moved premises to its current location, Rivington Place, and became the UK’s first publicly funded exhibition space dedicated to cultural diversity in the arts. The new venue has exhibition spaces, seminar rooms, a library, and significantly is the first newly constructed public gallery in London in 40 years.
Check out their website for Iniva’s rolling exhibition program, or drop by if you happen to be in trendy Shoreditch for a look at the 15,000 square foot, five-floor visual arts center. The venue is a spectacle in its own right. If you’re engaged in academic research on cultural diversity in the visual arts, or just interested in seeing multiculturalism in a critical, theoretical and historical context, then the Stuart Hall Library is highly recommended. Holding a unique collection of monographs, exhibition catalogues, 80 current international art periodicals and a slide collection, the library is one of the finest international resources in visual arts and culture.