Sampad Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes documents such as annual reports, reviews, and business plans, as well as some information reports on dance and South Asian history and culture. It contains flyers and publicity material for events organised by Sampad in the fields of theatre, dance, music and crafts. There is material relating to their involvement in education.

Administrative / Biographical History

SAMPAD was established in Birmingham in 1990, under the director Piali Ray. The aim was to support and encourage South Asian arts in Birmingham and the West Midlands. The organisation has since become a major arts development agency, with an influence that goes beyond the local region.

Their areas of interest include film, theatre, music, dance, crafts, literature, story-telling, and the visual arts. The agency works with professional artists to produce performances, festivals and exhibitions. There is an emphasis on education, and Sampad works with youth organisations and schools, as well as community groups. Events range from conferences on subjects from the visual arts to dance, to ante-natal music and movement sessions.

As well as publicity material, Sampad produces booklets and education resource packs about South Asian arts. They have also released videos, DVDs, CDs, and cassettes.


Numbered folders.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to researchers, by appointment. Please email:, giving at least two working days notice.

Further details about access to our collections are available on our website.

Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

SALIDAA deposited part of their archive with Brunel University Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

A finding aid is available for manuscript material.

Published works may be found on the Brunel University Library catalogue

Alternative Form Available

Digital copies of some of the material in the collection are available on VADS: the online resource for visual arts

Archivist's Note

Described by Paula Gerrard with amendments by Katie Flanagan.

Conditions Governing Use

The material, unless otherwise indicated, is protected by copyright. You are unable to publish, in full or in part, without the permission of the copyright holder. However you may use the material as permitted under statutory exceptions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, e.g. quote for purposes of scholarship within the limits of fair dealing.

Custodial History

This collection is part of the The South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (SALIDAA) which was founded in 1999. The aim was to preserve sources and information about the contribution of the South Asian community to literature and arts in Britain.

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