In 1999 we opened the Centre for Contemporary Art as a small exhibition space and work in progress project space. We began to understand the need in 2001 to document and preserve materials relating to the achievements of contemporary artists working with the university. Students were interested in the work of the artists who taught them, funders were interested in artists communities and curators interested in individual artists histories. Susan Walsh initiated and has since developed the collection of materials from the full range of contemporary visual art practitioners working at UCLAN.

Documentation of projects initiated during the past fifteen years by Lubaina Himid and Susan Walsh can also be found as well as exhibitions curated by Fine Art students and staff at UCLAN. Projects have been wide ranging and have included residencies, moving image experiments, archive interventions and sound works, many of which were staged across the campus in a variety of spaces and places.

We house Professor Himid’s collection of catalogues and images by and about black artists from exhibitions held internationally during the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Available to view on request are In Certain Places‘ DVD presentations of the lectures from the Speaking of Art series. These include presentations by Alfredo Jaar, Lewis Biggs, Cathy Newbury and Nayan Kulkarni.

It also holds a unique Collection of paper works, catalogues and images by black artists including – Chris Ofili, Sonia Boyce, Paul Clarkson, Lubaina Himid, Claudette Johnson,  Ingrid Pollard, Christine Eyene, Zoe Whitely, Ben Patterson and Chantal Oakes.

The Open Archive houses and continues to expand the permanent collection of documentary materials relating to artists working in the North West region. It includes exhibition catalogues, books, journal essays, press cuttings, images, exhibition invitations, posters, videos, DVDs and sound works.

Work by both emerging and established contemporary artists is regularly displayed and contextualised in the Project Space.

Black Artists Print and Paper Work Collection

Sonia Boyce – 2 works Paul Clarkson – 2 works Raimi Gbadamosi – 1 work George Hallet – 24 works Lubaina Himid – 1 work Claudette Johnson – 1 work Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe – 12 works Chantal Oakes – 1 work Chris Ofili – 1 work Ben Patterson – 1 work Ingrid Pollard – 1 work […]

Black Artists Catalogue Collection

This collection of black artists catalogues include some unique and now quite rare examples of publications although it is not a comprehensive collection it does include an important and useful overview of some of the artists working and exhibiting in the 1980’s +90’s. The collection is housed in the OpenArchive at the Centre for Contemporary Art. The […]

Black Artists Slide Collection

Includes images of artists working and exhibiting in the 1980’ s – Lubaina Himid Sonia Boyce Lorna Simpson Simone Alexander Marlene Smith Veronica Ryan Ptika Ntuli Ingrid Pollard Delta Streete Tom Joseph Sutapa Biswas Keith Piper Houria Niati Claudette Johnson Sylbert Bolton Brenda Agard Pogus Ceasar Donald Rodney Shakka Dedi Maud Sulter Jennifer Comrie

Black Artists Archive Collection

Box 1 Contents – Catalogues 1983 – 1988 Box 2 Contents -Reviews 1989 – 1989 Box 3 Contents -Brochures, Leaflets and Flyers 1983 – 1990s Box 4 Contents – Magazines 1986 – 88 Box 5 Contents – Letters 1998 – 1999 Box 6 Contents -Invitations 1980 – 1999  Box 7 Contents – Images 1980s Box 8 Contents – […]