BAM National
Collections Audit

Amongst the many strands of research taking place within the Black Artists & Modernism project is our audit of artworks by black artists in public collections, led by Dr Anjalie Dalal-Clayton. The audit seeks to determine in which publicly-funded collections one can find artworks by artists of African, Caribbean, Asian and MENA Region descent who were born in, lived, worked or studied in the UK.

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View of works in storage at the Government Art Collection including work by Idris Khan and Sonia Boyce
Work by Gavin Jantjes being taken out of storage at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry


The research for this strand of the project began in 2016 and is due for completion in 2018, with the support and participation of over 30 major national and regional public collections of art across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as Art UK.


The findings of this research are presented in the form of a searchable database, accessible to the public via this website, which will, in turn, aid in fostering new scholarship on the work of black artists held by the UK’s public collections.

Follow @AHRC_BAM on Twitter for updates on the progress of the BAM National Collections Audit.

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Work by black artists in storage at National Galleries Scotland including work by Tsugumi Ota
Prof Paul Goodwin viewing work by black artists in storage at National Galleries Scotland, including work by Kim Lim