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Welcome to the Arts Council Collection
The Arts Council Collection is the national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art, representing over 7,500 works of art.

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The National Partners Programme
We’re working with four major galleries outside London, to present a series of exciting and innovative new exhibitions drawn from the Arts Council Collection.

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Acquisitions 2016/17
Find out more about our latest acquisitions, including significant works by Phyllida Barlow, Andy Holden, Aleksandra Mir and Yinka Shonibare, MBE.

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Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Self Portrait with Fried Eggs (from Self Portraits series 1990-98)

Lucas, Sarah

Self Portrait with Fried Eggs (from Self Portraits series 1990-98)

1996

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

Hodgkin, Howard

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

1968

Icon

Hepworth, Barbara

Icon

1957

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

Totality

Paterson, Katie

Totality

2015

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

Wardill, Emily

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

2006

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

60 Minutes Silence

Wearing, Gillian

60 Minutes Silence

1996

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Baylham Mill

Bell, Graham

Baylham Mill

1940

Latest News

Store to Tour: New Short Film Series


9 Oct 2017

Store to Tour: ‘opening the doors to the Arts Council Collection’ 
 
The first in a new series of behind-the-scenes short films looking at major exhibitions across our four National Partner venues is now online.

This film explores Anya Gallaccio’s can love remember the question and the answer (2003), a central work in Walker Art Gallery’s latest National Partners exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity (until 5 November).

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Current Exhibitions

Occasional Geometries
15 Jul 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
A Green and Pleasant Land
30 Sep 2017 - 21 Jan 2018
Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art
5 Oct 2017 - 9 Dec 2017

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The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With nearly 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyondThis website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.