I’m very pleased to share that I am 1 of the 8 artists selected as part of the first cohort of UAL’s Decolonising Arts Institute 20/20 programme. I’ll be working with Pallant House Gallery over the next 15 months as an artist-in-residence.
At the end of the residency, I’ll produce a commissioned artwork that will be a part of Pallant House Gallery’s permanent collection. My commission will then be reproduced as a limited edition print which will be acquired by the other 19 partner galleries and museums working with the 20/20 project.
To have my work be a part of any permanent collection is a dream come true, but 20 permanent collections across the country is something truly special and means that I will have the opportunity to be a part of encouraging positive change regarding representation of people of colour within public collections.
The 20/20 project was conceived in response 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. It will support 20 emerging ethnically diverse artists of colour to take up residencies with 20 public art collections across the country, leading to 20 new permanent acquisitions.
20/20 is an ambitious 3-year programme announced by UAL Decolonising Arts Institute in November 2021. The project is funded by Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants Programme, Freelands Foundation and University of the Arts London (UAL).