Calvert 22 Foundation

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Calvert 22 Foundation
Calvert 22 Foundation logo.jpg
FormationMay 2009[1]
TypeNonprofit organization art gallery think tank
London, E2
Nonna Materkova

Calvert 22 Foundation is a non-profit UK registered charity created in 2009 by Russian-born, London-based economist Nonna Materkova.[1] Calvert 22 Foundation focuses on the contemporary culture and creativity of the New East (eastern Europe, Russia, the Balkans and Central Asia) through exhibitions and events at Calvert 22 Space; online content in The Calvert Journal; and research.[2]


Calvert 22 Foundation's mission is to nurture and celebrate the culture and creativity of the New East.


In 2012, the foundation established a partnership with Smolny College[3] (the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St Petersburg State University) to enable student and lecturer exchange programmes, visits and conferences, involving educational institutions such as the Royal College of Art, the University of Edinburgh and the Courtauld Institute.

The foundation has partnered and collaborated with other cultural and educational institutions – Tate Modern, The Photographers' Gallery, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Council, the State Hermitage Museum, UCL, King's College London, the European University at St Petersburg, the Barbican Centre, Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, the London Festival of Architecture and the London Design Festival.

2013 saw the creation of Calvert Forum,[4] a creative industries think tank generating talks and reports to research the role of creative enterprise on economic and social development in the New East region.

In May 2016, the foundation established the New East Photo Prize, for "representations of the social, cultural and physical landscape of the New East and other perspectives on that region," and presented the prize's inaugural exhibition from November to December 2016.[5]

In 2017, Calvert 22 Foundation dedicated a year-long season of events, art and digital content to marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution entitled The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution in partnership with St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum.[6]

The New East Travel Guide is the foundation's mobile app, "that connects city travelers to the creative and cultural side of the New East". Locations currently included are Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Voronezh and Tbilisi.[7]

Calvert 22 Space[edit]

Calvert 22 Space

The foundation's first initiative was Calvert 22 Gallery in London[8] (since 2016 called Calvert 22 Space). It is a not-for-profit space hosting events, talks, screenings and exhibitions on history, photography, film, music, architecture, literature and contemporary art of the region.[9] It is also the foundation's headquarters. Set across two floors of a converted warehouse, the gallery's name was derived from its address on Calvert Avenue in Shoreditch, East London.

Calvert 22 Space has staged exhibitions with artists including Sanja Iveković, Alexander Brodsky, Neue Slowenische Kunst, and Olga Chernysheva.

Calvert 22 Space is home to the Calvert 22 Bookshop and the Calvert 22 Café, which host pop-ups, supper clubs and book launches.[10]

In 2016, Calvert 22 Space reopened after a year-long refurbishment with a broadened exhibitions and events programme. Its Red Africa[11] season of exhibitions and events ran in early 2016, followed by the Power and Architecture season.[12]

The Calvert Journal[edit]

In 2013, the foundation launched The Calvert Journal,[13] a website of contemporary New East culture, including art, film, architecture, design and avant-garde culture.[14] It is updated daily with reportage, comment and photography, by an editorial team in London and a network of contributors in the New East. Initially launched with a Russian focus, The Calvert Journal has since broadened its scope to include all countries in the New East region.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Calvert 22 to Open in London". Blouin Artinfo. 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  2. ^ "About — Calvert 22". Calvert 22 Foundation. Archived from the original on 16 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St Petersburg State University". Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  4. ^ "The Moscow Times - News, Business, Culture & Multimedia from Russia". The St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  5. ^ Smyth, Seymour; Tom, Diane (1 August 2016). "Calvert 22 launch The New East Photo Prize". British Journal of Photography. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  6. ^ Shaw, Anny (21 December 2016). "London foundation Calvert 22 partners with Hermitage to mark 100th anniversary of Russian Revolution". The Art Newspaper. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  7. ^ "New East Travel Guide". The Calvert Journal. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Calvert 22". Calvert 22 Foundation. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Events — Calvert 22". Calvert 22 Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 April 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Bookshop — Calvert 22". Calvert 22 Foundation. Archived from the original on 16 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  11. ^ "What the communists left in Africa". The Economist. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  12. ^ Sturges, Sara (16 June 2016). "Power games: Calvert 22 examines post-Soviet architecture through art". Wallpaper. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  13. ^ Taplin, Phoebe (2013-04-30). "Calvert Journal: the site on a cultural mission". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  14. ^ "About — The Calvert Journal". The Calvert Journal. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  15. ^ Amos, Howard. "Call us Mamikhlapinatana: meet the ambitious new media company nurturing the 'Russian New Yorker'". Calvert 22 Foundation. Retrieved November 8, 2018.

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