If you missed the event, here is a chance to listen to the fascinating talks from the artists Delaine Le Bas and Corrina Eastwood at our meeting on 12 February 2015. Both artists talked about their experiences as as part of the UK Romany Gypsy community. Corrina and Delaine showed the audience excerpts from their art practices: performance, installation and film. Their artworks revealed the complex challenges involved in defining their identities and inhabiting space. The talks were followed by a lively question and answer session from the audience. Read more on the webpage.
Dr.Christine Checinska, Stuart Hall Library animateur, fashion designer,curator and academic will deliver a lecture at the Dulwich Art Gallery on Wednesday 18th February 10.30-11.30 am.
Her talk should appeal to anyone interested in art and textiles, and is part of the series: Staying Power: Art and the Black Experience.
Christine's lecture will look at the use of cloth in the work of artists: Yinka Shonibare, Maude Sulter and Barbara Walker as a way of examining three moments within the history of the ‘black’ presence in Britain, focussing primarily on issues around African Diasporas, cultural identities and histories.
For National Libraries Day we've asked two of our current volunteers to tell us about their experiences at The Stuart Hall Library and their use of the collection. Verna Huang My story with The Stuart Hall Library
began in 2013 for my own research, which was about an exhibition called The Other Story. The very first
time I visit this library, I completely fell in love with the space and
had a good time here. Most important of all, I had almost all the information and materials that I needed for
my research, which surprised me a lot. With my wonderful previous
experience in Stuart Hall library, I decide to contribute my time and effort as
In this tranquil and comfortable
space, I have a chance to see and work with the amazingly massive archive,
which allows me to know more about the history of Iniva and British art and at
the same time, learn more about archiving. Another fascinating opportunity I have here is to read journals and books which
underline the issues related to minority, identity, gender and culture. The Stuart
Hall Library is much more than a library; it is a dynamic space,
allowing groups of artists, researchers, students and writers to collaborate
together to create an energetic atmosphere.
From my own research, my favorite thing in Stuart Hall Library is the collection of material related to Li
Yuan-chia such as exhibition catalogues, poems he wrote and pictures and slides
of his exhibitions. He is not very well known in British art history so I am very
impressed that I can see such collections about him here. Every time I see
those materials, I am so touched. I just have worked here for a short period of
time and I believe I will discover more in the future and do hope more people
will visit this lovely space and resource.
Charlie Edward Thomas
did you come to volunteer at the Stuart Hall Library?
studied Fine Art nearby at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and
Design and have been visiting Iniva since then. After working for a furniture
manufacturer I decided to reorient towards a library/information career. An
interest in Stuart Hall and a wish to further my knowledge of art practice made
the Stuart Hall Library an excellent setting in which to learn some basic
have you learnt?
to index and abstract the library's collection of journals has exercised my
ability to write useful, concise texts.In
preparation for this, to become better acquainted with the library's key
themes, I read through all the subject words that featured in the catalogue,
looking up those I couldn't readily define. There were several intriguing
portmanteau words new to me : for example, Afrofuturism, coined by Mark Dery in
the 1990s to describe the confluence of black culture and science fiction.
those who like to mull over etymology and its corollaries, I recommend a look
at the documentation of Iniva's Keywords
exhibition and lectures from 2013.
there an item in the collection that's been of particular interest?
book I spotted was Ideas and Attitude : Catalan Conceptual Art. This
is probably because I have been investigating the ties between art and
anarchism (the body of sociopolitical thought dating from Pierre-Joseph
Proudhon’s What is Property? (1840), rather than the popular synonym for
hooliganism). Anarcho-syndicalism was prevalent in parts of Catalonia in the
book documents a later generation of artists from the region in their attempt
to give significant shape, predominantly via found/modified objects, to their
political heritage and present predicament. I
discovered this book just browsing the shelves ; the scale of the library makes
this a feasible method of becoming familiar with the entire collection in a
relatively short period and doing so is a way to invoke serendipity and find that unsought but seminal,
book or idea.