Retracing Ribeiro archival exhibition and Camden schools programme

National Lottery Funded 'Retracing Ribeiro' explores the artistic and cultural heritage of painter, Lancelot Ribeiro, as part of the UK-India Year of Culture and Camden’s 2017 India arts programme

Dates: 22/05/2017 – 31/10/2017 (dates and times to be arranged as required)

Venue: Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre, 2nd Floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA or in school settings, as required

 How to book: Visit and for further details, please contact Marsha Ribeiro (Project Manager) on 07732 612096 or

Retracing Ribeiro is a National Lottery Funded project which was awarded £98,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to explore the artistic and cultural heritage of the prolific Camden painter, Lancelot Ribeiro, through an exploration of his art and poignant archive.

Ribeiro (1933-2010) was one of the most original of the Indian artists who settled in Britain in the post-war period. Born in Bombay, he spent his childhood in India under the British Empire and first arrived to a bomb-damaged Britain in 1950. He stayed with his brother (the well-known artist FN Souza) in Chalk Farm, studying accountancy but soon abandoned this for life drawing at St Martins School of Art before his conscription into the Royal Air Force.

On his return to India, he began writing poetry and painting and soon a string of successes were to follow.

 Developed in association with the V&A, British Museum, Burgh House Museum, Central Saint Martins and Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, this project is part of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture and Camden’s India Arts programme. The exhibition currently on view at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, displays rare archival material from the Ribeiro Collection, his poetry and other writings and has recreated Ribeiro’s studio, attesting to a life spent in feverish experimentation.

In partnership with Central Saint Martins and the V&A, the project has been running a series of interactive art, literature and history-based education workshops across London. These sessions also explore the social and historical contributions that individuals from diaspora populations have made towards British cultural traditions, and in so doing seek to encourage young people to chart hidden histories of their own. The project also explores the critical role archives play in preserving our history and the challenges now faced in the digital age.