Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson is the Interim Managing Director for The Black Cultural Archives. An independent art curator, consultant, and champion for Black British Art, Lisa founded @blackbritishart; a curatorial platform dedicated to celebrating and promoting the breadth of art practice by Black artists in Britain. In 2019 she established Lisa Anderson Art Advisory to advise collectors with a special interest in Black British Art. Lisa is on the advisory boards of Addis Fine Art and Uchenna Dance. She is also a Trustee of Araba Scott Children’s Foundation. Prior to BCA Lisa developed a successful career in fundraising and business development, most recently as the Corporate Partnerships Lead at The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Our mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the histories of people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK and to inspire and give strength to individuals, communities, and society.

Black Cultural Archives grew from a community response to the New Cross Massacre (1981), the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (1984); underachievement of Black children in British schools, the failings of the Race Relations Act 1976, and the negative impacts of racism against, and a lack of popular recognition of, and representation by people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK.  

Our founders, including the iconic Len Garrison, came to the conclusion that what was needed was a space where members of the community, especially young people, could come and find positive representations of themselves in history and culture. This act of self-help expanded into the creation of what our founders called an ‘archive museum’ that evidenced and painted a more comprehensive picture of Black presence in Britain.

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