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Bradford, Yorkshire, BD9 4NS

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org

Bradford Museums and Galleries’ IAMC collection incorporates a modest but important collection of items referred to as Calligraphy from the Muslim World. Objects include wooden, textiles, glass, metalware and ceramics primarily from South Asia with others from Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East. This grouping is part of the International Art collection (initially named Ethnic Arts) started in the mid 1980’s to engage with established post war migrants to Bradford and the region. Contemporary fine art and makers element of the collection is represented with works by British, Pakistani and Indian based artists; notable is a collection of prints by Pakistani artists acquired in 1990s. Amongst others Saleem Arif, Mohammed Ali, Soraya Syed, Tehmina Shah, Peter Sanders from Britain with international artists Ergin Inan, Salima Hashmi, Mohammed Imran Qureshi and more. The British International Print Biennale (1968-1990) organised by Bradford Museums enabled the acquisition of a number of important works. Pockets of IAMC related material can found in the Ethnography, Decorative Art and Social History collections. I would estimate that Bradford Museums & Galleries as a whole have around 500 fine and decorative art items with a smaller number in the Social History collection. The Mughal Water Gardens are also situated just outside Cartwright Hall in Lister Park. The Gardens were designed to reflect the rich Asian cultural heritage of Bradford.

Departments which hold relevant Islamic material: SAA

Estimated number of IAMC objects: 200-499

Estimated % of collection on display: 0-19% - Some collection items currently on display in two permanent displays namely Connect: People, Place and Imagination galleries at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford and the Keighley Stories Gallery at Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley.

Activities around the collection: Yes: 'Hands-off' activities (e.g. school gallery visits) - Permanent display visits and workshops but will become more focussed over the coming years

Systems used for cataloguing: Documentation recently transferred to Modes Complete from the older Modes for Windows. There are associated Index cards for both Decorative and Fine Art used occasionally for reference

Level of cataloguing: 80-100%

Online items catalogued with images: None currently

Bibliography relating to the institution's collections:
+ Poovaya-Smith, Nima/ Keys to the Magic Kingdom: The new transcultural collections of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums/ Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and Its Collections/ Steff Print Keighley/ 1997.
+ Krzesinska, Caroline/ Unsung Heroes: The International Print Collection/ Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and Its Collections/ Steff Print Keighley/ 1997.
+ Suggitt, Mark/ Foreword/ Connect: Cartwright Hall Art Gallery/ Wonder Associates/ 2008
+ Glaister, Jane / Bradford Museums, Galleries and Heritage/ Public Catalogue Foundation- Oil paintings in Public Ownership/ PCF- Butler & Turner/ 2007.
+ British International Print Biennale catalogues/ Bradford Museums and Galleries/ 1968-1990.

Ceramics and pottery:
Arab Middle East/Arabian Peninsula (19th, 20th, 21st)
Maghrib: Iberia/N. Africa/W. Med (19th, 20th, 21st)
Sub-Saharan Africa, including East and West Africa and the Sudan (19th, 20th, 21st)
Iran (Persia)/Caucasus (7th, 8th, 9th, 10th)
Indian Subcontinent (19th, 20th, 21st)

Glass:
Iran (Persia)/Caucasus (19th, 20th, 21st)
Indian Subcontinent (19th, 20th, 21st)

Jewellery and carved hardstones/gemstones:
Indian Subcontinent (19th, 20th, 21st)
Diaspora/Immigrant Communities (19th, 20th, 21st)

Ivory and bone:
Indian Subcontinent (19th, 20th, 21st)

Woodwork:
Arab Middle East/Arabian Peninsula (19th, 20th, 21st)
Indian Subcontinent (19th, 20th, 21st)

Metalwork - Vessels and other metalware:
Iran (Persia)/Caucasus (19th, 20th, 21st)
Indian Subcontinent (19th, 20th, 21st)

Leather (incl. loose bookbindings):
Indian Subcontinent (19th, 20th, 21st)

Manuscripts (codices, with and without bindings):
Indian Subcontinent (19th, 20th, 21st)

Textiles - Carpets and rugs:
Indian Subcontinent (19th, 20th, 21st)

Textiles - Costume and other textiles:
Sub-Saharan Africa, including East and West Africa and the Sudan (19th, 20th, 21st)
Indian Subcontinent (19th, 20th, 21st)
Diaspora/Immigrant Communities (19th, 20th, 21st)

Post-1900CE artwork:
Anatolia/Balkans (1990-2013)
Central/East Asia (1990-2013)
Indian Subcontinent (1990-2013)

Other ethnographic materials:
Sub-Saharan Africa, including East and West Africa and the Sudan (19th, 20th, 21st)

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