Amrit & Rabindra Kaur Singh Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists in part of print outs of biographical information supplied by the artists. Additionally there are two published books, Twin Perspectives and Bindhu’s Wedding, which is written and illustrated by Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh. Lastly, a CD rom, which has several files on interviews, biographical material and individual works.

Administrative / Biographical History

Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh are twin sisters, and award winning painters, whose use of traditional Indian miniature portraiture techniques is influenced by contemporary British politics and culture. Born in Richmond, Surrey to parents originally from India, the family moved to and settled in the Wirral when the twins were seven were seven years old. The twins later studied Contemporary Western Art at Liverpool University College of Chester.

Known and celebrated as one artist, and collectively known as the Singh Twins or The Twins, their work is characterised by a bright palette, intricate design and modern themes. Key exhibitions and roles include a solo show at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Dehli 2002, a major retrospective at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool in 2005 and being appointed Official Artists in Residence at the Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002 and contributing to Liverpool City of Culture from 2006-2008.

Arrangement

Numbered folders

Conditions Governing Access

Available to researchers, by appointment. Please email: special.collections@brunel.ac.uk, 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

SADAA (formerly SALIDAA) deposited part of their archive with Brunel University Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

A finding aid is available for the manuscript material

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Books, catalogues and print outs in good condition. CD Rom needs suitable computer access.

Archivist's Note

Described by Joanne McPhie 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 Arts Archive (SADAA) which was founded in 1999. The aim is to preserve sources and information about the contribution of the South Asian community to literature and arts in Britain.

Accruals

Collection is complete, but further acquisitions are possible.

Geographical Names