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Discover the Collection
Discover more about the artworks and artists held in the Arts Council Collection. Explore our archive of digital content, including short films, virtual exhibition tours and artist profiles as well as a range of accessible learning resources.

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Field for the British Isles
The largest artwork in the collection, Field for the British Isles, was made by Antony Gormley in 1993 with 100 volunteers at a school in St Helens. In our latest film the artist reflects on the creation of this iconic work.

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National Partners Programme
The National Partners Programme aims to establish a network of museums and galleries to exhibit and respond to the Collection over a three-year period, raising the profile of the Arts Council Collection with the public.

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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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Youth, Jarrow

Killip, Chris

Youth, Jarrow

1976

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Things I associate with you

Phillips, Ciara

Things I associate with you

2014

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

Burke, Vanley

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

1968

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

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Sleeper

Unwin, Phoebe

Sleeper

2012

untitled: dunce

Barlow, Phyllida

untitled: dunce

2015

True To Size

Phillipson, Heather

True To Size

2015

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

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Jym in the Studio

Auerbach, Frank

Jym in the Studio

1963

BRIDGIT

Prodger, Charlotte

BRIDGIT

2016

Figure in Blue

Johnson, Claudette

Figure in Blue

2018

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

Loop

Organ, Margaret

Loop

1978

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

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Update on gallery closures


18 Mar 2020

Following the latest advice from the Government, many of our partner galleries have had to make the difficult decision to close their venues for the time being.

The health and wellbeing of their staff, artists and visitors is of course the most important thing at this time, however we understand the impact that closing will have, both financially and mentally. 

We want to do everything we can to support the sector as we all deal with this unprecedented situation. We will continue to share the amazing work of our venues and artists online, as well as delving into the ACC archives to share content that will hopefully provide welcome artistic stimulation during these difficult times.

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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.