Project 20/20 is a Visual Literacy Initiative with children living in Dublin 1 led by Dublin City Council, the City Arts Office and The LAB Gallery. The LAB Gallery supports emerging artists at the beginning of their careers and more established artists taking risks in their practice. Among its innovative education and learning programmes is Project 20/20, a visual literacy initiative for children in our neighbourhood, Dublin 1. Building over time, Project 20/20 focuses on developing the visual literacy of a specific cohort of children and young people, by connecting them with contemporary Irish art and artists’, living and working in their neighbourhood and unlocking their voices as citizens what they tell us about their lives, connections with others (family, teachers, community), how they learn and develop. The project is taking place over a five year period, between 2015 and 2020.

The International Visual Literacy Association defines visual literacy as the ability to derive meaning from images of everything that we see to read and write visual language


  • Assist public access to the arts, facilitating artists development and enriching the cultural experience of the city in response to Dublin City Arts Plan 2014-2018.
  • Develop an exemplar model of Arts in Education practice in response to the Arts in Education Charter, 2013.


  • Demonstrate how art/culture is part of the everyday lives of children and young people in a local neighbourhood.
  • Enable the development of a group of visually accomplished children, aware of and engaging with art in their local area.
  • Create opportunities for families to have real, positive, visual arts experiences together.
  • Underpin Dublin City Arts Office’s relationship with Partner Schools with strong ethos in arts in education practice, as per Artists-Schools Guidelines, 2006.
  • Advocate for the integration of contemporary visual arts practice into the early childhood, primary and second level school curricula.
  • Pursue supports and capacity building for artists and educators who are working with contemporary art for learning in education settings.
  • Evaluate practice development with key Associate Partners.
  • Share Dublin City Arts Office/The LAB Gallery’s knowledge, curatorial skill and strategic leadership in the development of contemporary visual arts practice in formal education.