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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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Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

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

Totality

Paterson, Katie

Totality

2015

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

Wardill, Emily

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

2006

Icon

Hepworth, Barbara

Icon

1957

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

Baylham Mill

Bell, Graham

Baylham Mill

1940

60 Minutes Silence

Wearing, Gillian

60 Minutes Silence

1996

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

Hodgkin, Howard

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

1968

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Latest News

New Arts Council Collection Website


10 Jul 2017

The new Arts Council Collection website is now online. Featuring an improved look and layout, the new site presents a significantly expanded selection of information and resources.

New features include:

> Improved online database with new mobile-friendly layouts enhanced access to over 7,500 artworks. Browse artists using the new A-Z Directory or view works by Medium, Decade, or Theme.

> Interactive Exhibitions Map – find exhibitions near you and plan gallery visits with our interactive map showing all Collection works currently on show around the UK and beyond.

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Current Exhibitions

I Want! I Want! Art & Technology
1 Apr 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Occasional Geometries
15 Jul 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always
22 Jul 2017 - 8 Oct 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.