Who we are
Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is a leading UK contemporary visual arts organisation which creates exhibitions, publications, multimedia, education and research projects.
Iniva was established in 1994 to address an imbalance in the representation of culturally diverse artists, curators and writers. Iniva is a registered charity, funded by Arts Council England and governed by a Board of Trustees. We are a team of 15 staff, based at Rivington Place in Shoreditch, East London.
Iniva engages with new ideas and emerging debates in the contemporary visual arts, reflecting in particular the cultural diversity of contemporary society. We work with artists, curators, creative producers, writers and the public to explore the vitality of visual culture.
To be active in the arts...
- To provide a platform for high quality activity in order to question existing positions and hierarchies within visual culture
- To collaborate and offer opportunities to artists, curators and writers so that a greater range of voices can contribute and be heard
To create dialogues through art...
- To encourage a dialogue with audiences through dynamic forms of engagement
- To work in partnership with others to ensure that our activity remains at the ever-changing edge of debate
To build and share knowledge about art...
- To continue to seek out fresh ideas and approaches which develop and challenge our understanding of cultural diversity
- To create space for reflection of cultural diversity at Rivington Place and beyond
Information about past projects and the people we have worked with over the years can be found in each section of the website as well as in the digital archive. In 2004 we published Changing States which charts a decade of artistic programming at Iniva, in the context of global economics and local politics. The book includes a timeline of Iniva’s work.