Rivington Place (www.rivingtonplace.org) celebrates the 20 year vision of two organisations: Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts) and Autograph ABP of establishing a permanent home to profile international issues and perspectives in contemporary art and photography and to lead debate on diversity.
The building, by award-winning architect David Adjaye OBE, is the first new-build public gallery in London since the Hayward Gallery opened in 1968. The 1,445 sq m building contains two project spaces capable of housing exhibitions, film screenings and talks; the Stuart Hall Library; an education space; a café; workspaces for local creative businesses and the offices of inIVA and Autograph ABP. It is set to become an important national resource as well as a local cultural and social hub.
Rivington Place is supported by a £5.9 million Arts Council England Lottery Capital 2 programme grant. Barclays is the Rivington Place founding corporate partner, contributing £1.1m toward the development.
Since their foundation in 1988 and 1994 respectively, Autograph ABP and inIVA have championed difference in the visual arts. The opening exhibition, London is the Place for Me (5 October – 24 November), looks at migration through photography and moving image – two art forms that have transformed narratives of self and belonging. The exhibition will explore the presence of the many different diasporic communities living in Britain today and will include work by Dinu Li, Keith Piper and Mona Hatoum, Harold Offeh and Leticia Valverdes. [Full details on the exhibitions in Further Information].
Professor Stuart Hall, Emeritus Professor, Open University and Rivington Place Project Champion, said: “Difference is complex – it alters and evolves, but does not go away. Difference matters and will continue to matter, it provides an incredible source of richness, new ways of seeing and creativity. Rivington Place is a landmark building which celebrates diversity and the exciting and essential contribution it makes to the visual arts.”
Shreela Ghosh, Interim Director, inIVA, said: “Rivington Place signals the end of one journey, the search for a sense of place for both organisations, and the beginning of new and exciting possibilities. Our work as agencies now has a window – an identifiable and tangible space where audiences of all kinds will be able to discover the international perspectives in the visual arts that we have championed for so long.”
Mark Sealy, Director, Autograph ABP, said: “This project is not just about bricks and mortar, it represents a modest but important destination. It will be a home for the work inIVA and Autograph ABP have been doing collectively for over 25 years and will provide a sense of place for the artists and issues we champion. It is also a strategic shift towards greater certainty and greater autonomy for both the organisations.”
Sarah Weir, Executive Director, Arts Council England, London said, “The opening of Rivington Place this autumn will be a true celebration of the richness and diversity of the arts in England today. With innovation and internationalism at its heart, it is set to really make its mark on the cultural landscape. It will challenge perspectives, champion new visions and give artists and visitors different opportunities to explore what it means to live in a city as vibrant and diverse as 21st century London.”
David Adjaye, Director, Adjaye Associates said: “Rivington Place is hugely significant as it’s my first completed arts building anywhere in the world. It’s a natural addition to the East End’s existing landscape of art institutions and reinforces the area’s position as a national and international arts and culture destination.”
Chris Ofili, artist, said: “It’s been a long time coming. Rivington Place through both its architecture and curatorial programming will provide a hub for the ever-rotating world of visual arts. It’s a necessary project for our present and our future.”