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20/20 is an ambitious 3-year programme announced by the Decolonising Arts Institute in November 2021, with funding from Freelands Foundation, Arts Council England and UAL.

Combining artist residencies with artistic commissioning at scale, 20/20 is bringing together 20 emerging artists of colour and 20 UK public art collections, leading to 20 new permanent acquisitions.


A national commissioning and network project led by the Decolonising Arts Institute to catalyse artists’ careers and change in collections.

This work responds to urgent calls for action within arts and culture, to tackle social inequities and racial injustices amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the wake of Black Lives Matter. The programme will support ethnically diverse artists to take up residencies with public art collections across the country; leading to the collections’ permanent acquisition of new commissioned works, a series of commissioned texts; and a public programme bringing artists, curators and writers into conversation.

The project will directly invest in the development of a new generation of ethnically diverse artists who may identify as black, brown, or as people of colour.


20/20 sets out to build stronger relationships between artists and UK collections. It will support inclusive engagement between artists, collections and the communities they serve, to generate richer understanding of collections’ histories and the contributions of under-represented or overlooked artists in their midst.

We will work with each collection partner to support the artists’ development and wellbeing through peer and institutional networks, engaging in curatorial and practice/research dialogues. 20/20 will also encourage mutual critical exchange across collections, artists and communities, to continue beyond the project.

Exhibition of an abstract castle
Sonia Boyce, In the Castle Of My. Photograph by Rachel Deakin. Courtesy of MIMA

20/20 partners

  • Birmingham Museums Trust
  • The Box, Plymouth
  • Bradford District Museums and Galleries
  • Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
  • Compton Verney, Warwickshire
  • Harris Museum, Preston
  • The Hepworth Wakefield
  • The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
  • Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
  • Leeds Art Gallery
  • The Lightbox, Woking
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • MIMA (Middlesbrough Museum of Modern Art)
  • National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA)
  • National Museums NI (Ulster Museum)
  • Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
  • Sheffield Museums Trust
  • Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool
  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery

20/20 artists

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

20/20 team

Project Director

Project Producer

Project Assistant

More to explore

  • Small girl interacting with artwork in a gallery
    Walker Family in British Art room © Mark McNulty. Courtesy of Art Fund

    Catalysing artists’ careers and change in collections

    Read about how 20/20 responds to urgent calls for action within arts and culture.

  • Gallery with placards made out of magazines
    Sonia Boyce, Devotional Wallpaper and Placards, 2008-2020. Acquired by the Contemporary Art Society for the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) through the Rapid Response Fund, 2020.


    Learn about Decolonising Arts Institute activities.

  • Pamphlets and booklets on a table.
    Image: Daniel Day, AHRC Black Artists and Modernism project, David Medalla Study Day. Image: Daniel Day

    About us

    Find out more about our vision and ambitions for decolonising arts.