How would you respond creatively to a library collection focused on contemporary art from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the work of British artists from diverse cultural backgrounds?
You may have the chance to find out. INIVA (the Institute of International Visual Arts) and the Stuart Hall Foundation have just advertised a new three-month collaborative artist's residency starting in January 2017. Based in the Stuart Hall Library, it will give an artist the opportunity to pursue their own research in the library as well as to produce a creative outcome linked to one or more of its key themes - culture, politics and identity; the diaspora; archives and archiving.
INIVA partnered with Autograph ABP (the Association of Black Photographers) to build Rivington Place, a 15,000 square foot, five-floor visual arts centre in Shoreditch, East London. Since it opened in 2007, its programme of exhibitions and events has explored the politics of race and global identities through the visual arts. Their aims are to diversify the mainstream and to challenge the status quo in the art world by working across media with artists, curators, creative producers and writers. Stuart Hall, after whom their library is named, played an important role in the project to build this culturally-diverse visual arts centre.
If you're interested, why not take a look at their website to get a better idea of the projects they're involved in?