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University of the Arts London: Chelsea College of Art and Design

African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive


Reference code(s): GB 0000 ACAA

Held at: University of the Arts London: Chelsea College of Art and Design

Title: African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive

Date(s): 1970-2002

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: approximately 3500 items

Name of creator(s): Chelsea College of Art & Design


Administrative/Biographical history:

The collection was established in 1985 by Liz Ward, Librarian at Chelsea College, the result of increasing demand by students for documentation recognising the contribution to British art by artists of African-Caribbean, Asian and African descent. It has grown naturally as a part of the library's collection.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records documenting the work of contemporary artists practising in Britain of African-Caribbean, Asian and African descent, 1970-2002, largely comprising exhibition posters, exhibition cards, press releases, press cuttings, videos, audio tapes and slides; records of The Peoples' Gallery, Camden, 1984-1987, comprising publicity flyers, press cuttings.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

By written application to the Librarian, Manresa Road, London, SW3 6LS. Researchers from the London Institute may visit by appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted, although copying of fragile material is at the discretion of the librarian.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Recordings: a select bibliography of contemporary African, Afro-Caribbean and Asian British art Melanie Keen (London, 1996). This bibliography published in association with InIVA documents the collection up to 1996. The exhibition catalogues and published books relating to the collection are catalogued.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The collection was established at St Martin's School of Art Library, and moved to Chelsea School of Art and the foundation of the London Institute in 1986.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The Institute of International Visual Arts (InIVA), University of East London's African and Asian Visual Artists Archive and the University of Westminster's Panchayat Archive hold similar material.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2002

Art galleries | Exhibitions
Press cuttings | Newspaper press | Press
Ethnic groups
Visual arts

Personal names

Corporate names
Chelsea College of Art and Design
Peoples' Gallery | Camden

Chelsea | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
St Pancras | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Kensington and Chelsea