The esea contemporary Archive & Library holds the heritage collections which have been accumulated by the organisation since its creation.

Our main archive collection comprise the historical records of esea contemporary and it's predecessors dating from 1986. The mixed media collection traces the programme history of the organisation as well as our work as an agency for the promotion of East and South East Asia (ESEA) contemporary art and culture in the UK. We also hold some small archival collections which have been deposited with the organisation.

The library collection comprises a small but important collection of publications relating to ESEA contemporary art and contemporary art in general. The publications have been sourced from around the world and include exhibition programmes, artist's monographs, and festival publications.

The list below links to descriptions to our collections which are currently accessible to researchers. Select the title of the collection to browse through its contents. Or visit our advance search page.

Records of esea contemporary and predecessors

Records accumulated by esea contemporary Ltd and its predecessors.  (GB3451/OC).

Records of the Chinese View Arts Association, (1986-1997)

Records of the Chinese View Arts Association and the early history of the Chinese Art Centre from 1986 to the Centre's move to Edge Street in 1997.  (GB3451/OC/A).

Records of the HLF Oral History Project

Records produced by an oral history project which was carried out by the CFCCA as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project to open uo the Centre archive and library.  (GB3451/OCO/1).

Chen Chieh-jen Collection

DVDs/Blu-ray discs of Chen Chieh-jen's video installations presented to the Centre in 2017.  (GB3451/DC/1).

esea contemporary Library Collection

Collection of publications collected by esea contemporary. The bibliographic records are arranged in the order they are physically stored.