Association of Curators of Art and Design Images

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The Association of Curators of Art and Design Images (ACADI), originally formed in 1993, is an organisation of visual resources curators and librarians working in the higher education sector in England and Wales.


  • To promote the use of image collections within education
  • To promote the status of visual resources curators in the UK
  • Establish standards for the proper management of visual resources collections in art and design education
  • Create a forum for the exchange of information and ideas
  • Provide mutual support

History and Organisation[edit]

ACADI was originally formed in 1993 when a small group of slide librarians (see slide library) from the West of England and South Wales met at Cheltenham College of Higher Education, now part of the University of Gloucestershire. Since then, membership has steadily grown until universities in all parts of England and Wales are now represented, as well as related organisations also working in the sector, for example, VADS, the Visual Arts Data Service.

Meetings are held on a regular basis two or three times a year, at which members discuss matters of common interest. ACADI also hosts a blog and a mailing list, which is well subscribed and serves to keep members informed of issues relating to their profession. For many years ACADI has actively campaigned for the licensing of digital image archives within universities for the purposes of teaching and research, and have corresponded extensively with the Design and Artists Copyright Society on this matter. DACS plans to launch a license at the earliest opportunity.

Affiliated Professional Organisations[edit]

Many ACADIans are also members of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) and/or ARLIS/UK & Ireland (the Art Libraries Society). The latter is an affiliate of ARLIS/NA.