Amal Ghosh Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Photocopies and print outs of reviews of Amal Ghosh’s art exhibitions as well as printed biographical information on the artist. Exhibition catalogues including catalogue of group show Transition of Riches. Interview notes from a meeting with Ghosh. Glossy leaflet from Vitreous Enamel Murals. Postcard from an exhibition.

Administrative / Biographical History

Amal Ghosh was born in 1933 in the city of Kolkata, West Bengal. After studying at Calcutta’s Government College of Art and Craft, he went on to complete a postgraduate degree at London’s Central St Martins College of Art & Design after moving to Britain in the 1960s. He later received an MA from Calcutta University in 1972 as well as another postgraduate in Art Therapy from the Hertfordshire College of Art, St Albans in 1982.

Principally a studio artist, he is also known for large scale murals in public places, with works in places as diverse as hospitals, libraries and cricket grounds. He has held several solos and group exhibitions in Asia, UK and USA including ‘Between Two Cultures’ at the London Barbican, ‘Transition of Riches’ at Birmingham Museum, ‘Confluence’ at Gallery Asiana in New York, and ‘Contemporary Paintings’ at the William Morris Gallery, London.

Moving between India and England his work combines his European influences with his experiences of life in India.


Numbered documents collected in a folder with loose material also numbered.

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

SADAA deposited part of their archive with Brunel University Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

A pdf finding aid is available for the manuscript material on the collection's webpage.

Alternative Form Available

Digitised copies of some of his material are available on VADS (Visual Arts Data Service).

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Photocopies, printouts, glossy brochures, postcards in good condition. Paper notes on interview with Amal Ghosh more fragile.

Archivist's Note

Described by Joanne McPhie with editing 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.


Collection is complete, though further acquisitions are possible.