Announcing the second cohort of artists to the 20/20 project

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.

Manchester Art Gallery is excited to be collaborating with artist Holly Graham.

Holly Graham is a London-based artist whose work looks at ways in which memory and narrative shape collective histories. Holly is an Associate Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, and Co-Founder of Cypher BILLBOARD, London.

Natasha Howes, Senior Curator said “20/20 is an important and significant initiative to make UK collections more representative of the people they serve and we are delighted that Manchester Art Gallery is one of the 20 participating museums. We have selected the brilliant artist Holly Graham from 45 applications and greatly look forward to her developing her ideas as she researches into our collection of textiles, the cotton industry and its connections to exploitative labour, colonialism and trade.”

20/20 Project Press Release PDF