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Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles
Field for the British Isles, which consists of 40,000 individual terracotta figures and is the largest single artwork in the Arts Council Collection, is currently on show at Firstsite in Colchester as part of the National Partners Programme.

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The Printed Line: An Introduction to Printmaking
Learn more about the art of printmaking via key works from the Arts Council Collection with Professor Paul Coldwell in our latest educational film produced to accompany current touring exhibition, The Printed Line

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18/19 Acquisitions
Explore the latest additions to the Collection, which this year includes 59 artworks by 25 artists spanning moving image, performance, installation, painting and sculpture, available for loan to galleries and public institutions throughout the UK

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Youth, Jarrow

Killip, Chris

Youth, Jarrow

1976

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

Loop

Organ, Margaret

Loop

1978

untitled: dunce

Barlow, Phyllida

untitled: dunce

2015

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Jym in the Studio

Auerbach, Frank

Jym in the Studio

1963

True To Size

Phillipson, Heather

True To Size

2015

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Sleeper

Unwin, Phoebe

Sleeper

2012

Figure in Blue

Johnson, Claudette

Figure in Blue

2018

BRIDGIT

Prodger, Charlotte

BRIDGIT

2016

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Oh Hélène, J'erre en ma chambre (Oh Helen, I roam my room) Poemes et Planches - Jules Laforgue French Edition B

Caulfield, Patrick

Oh Hélène, J'erre en ma chambre (Oh Helen, I roam my room) Poemes et Planches - Jules Laforgue French Edition B

1973

Things I associate with you

Phillips, Ciara

Things I associate with you

2014

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

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

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

Burke, Vanley

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

1968

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

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Sunderland Culture present Received Wisdom


29 Jan 2020

We are pleased to announce that Sunderland Culture will present the first of its major Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibitions.

Opening on 1 February 2020, Received Wisdom challenges the notion that creativity and innovation are the preserve of youth by bringing together a body of work created by older artists, drawn from the Arts Council Collection’s extensive range of modern and contemporary British art.

Wide-ranging and dynamic, the exhibition confronts our assumptions about ageing by celebrating both artists who have enjoyed long...

Current Exhibitions

The Printed Line
6 Apr 2019 - 14 Feb 2021
Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles
16 Nov 2019 - 8 Mar 2020

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

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