Calvert 22 is the UK’s only not for profit foundation focused on contemporary art and culture from Russia, CIS Countries and Eastern Europe. Calvert 22 was founded by Nonna Materkova, a St Petersburg born financier who first came to the UK on a British Council Scholarship to study economics at the London School of Economics. She has been based in London since the late 1990s. She is the founder director of Roslink, a London based Corporate finance consultancy firm, and is a dedicated patron of contemporary art.
Free to develop independently, outside commercial gallery constraints, Calvert 22′s mission is to create a unique platform, through imaginative and active presentations, for the very best in current art from the former ‘Eastern bloc’ and to bring to light new developments in forms, ideas and cultural practice from these regions and explore relationships and dynamics, often not visible on the surface and especially not represented by the mass media.
Calvert 22 supports both emergent and more established artists through a carefully designed and contextualised programme of exhibitions and events, and aims to further illuminate their practice and context through original publications, related talks and discursive events.
Calvert 22 provides a central resource for the study and research of contemporary art and culture from across this rapidly changing and complex geographical arena and is committed to creating a forum which not only challenges and interrogates existing preconceptions about its focused regions but is a catalyst for new possibilities of cultural exchange and understanding. Key to this aim is the dissemination of knowledge, ideas and information to a broad and diverse audience that extends from the local to the global, and allows multiple conversations to unfold.
Launched in May 2009, Calvert 22 represents a significant new presence in the international contemporary art world having achieved widespread critical acclaim for the quality and range of its programme. Importantly, it has being recognised for its potential to lead the way in cultural development, not least by leading figures within the Russian and UK Governments.
For more, visit Calvert 22 online at: http://www.calvert22.org/