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National Partners Programme Round 2 Announced
We are pleased to announce that the Arts Council Collection National Partners for 2019-22 will be Firstsite in Essex, Sunderland Culture in Tyne and Wear, and The Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in Cornwall.

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Store to Tour: Women Power Protest
Find out about an inspiring community partnership between Birmingham Museums Trust and homelessness charity Shelter, developed alongside the Museum’s latest National Partners exhibition.

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Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection
Our latest Touring Exhibition, Criminal Ornamentation, explores the cultural and social dimensions of the use of pattern in art.

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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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Sculpture at Longside
Located within the grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Longside has been home to sculpture in the Arts Council Collection since 2003.

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Curators' Days
The Arts Council Collection organises six events for UK-based curators each year. Designed as an informal forum for networking, learning and sharing, the events bring together curators from galleries across the country.

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Welcome to the Arts Council Collection
The Arts Council Collection is the most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world and plays a vital role in supporting galleries across the UK through loans, touring exhibitions and curatorial skills.

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In My Shoes: Art & the Self since the 1990s
A timely opportunity to consider the legacy of a key aspect of 1990s British art, current Touring Exhibition In My Shoes, explores the ways in which artists based in the UK have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s.

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Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Lay back, keep quiet and think of what made Britain so great

Boyce, Sonia

Lay back, keep quiet and think of what made Britain so great

1986

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

Icon

Hepworth, Barbara

Icon

1957

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

Hodgkin, Howard

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

1968

Totality

Paterson, Katie

Totality

2015

60 Minutes Silence

Wearing, Gillian

60 Minutes Silence

1996

Fork Face

Hart, Emma

Fork Face

2017

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

BRIDGIT

Prodger, Charlotte

BRIDGIT

2016

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

New Stones - Newton's Tones

Cragg, Tony

New Stones - Newton's Tones

1978

Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close

Perry, Grayson

Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close

2012

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Baylham Mill

Bell, Graham

Baylham Mill

1940

The Crowning

Shonibare, Yinka

The Crowning

2007

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

Is it okay to be black?

Anderson, Hurvin

Is it okay to be black?

2015

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

Wardill, Emily

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

2006

Latest News

New Touring Exhibition 'The Printed Line'


13 Mar 2019

We are pleased to announce a new Arts Council Collection touring exhibition The Printed Line opens at Torre Abbey Museum, Torquay, 6 April – 2 June 2019, then tours the UK; showcasing work by artists including David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Patrick Caulfield and Frank Stella.

The exhibition showcases the work of nearly 60 artists who have used a variety of printmaking techniques to exploit the potential of the printed line, from the thick velvety line of drypoint and the heavy cross-hatching of etching to delicate wood engraving and boldly coloured screenprints. The use of colour will...

Current Exhibitions

On Paper
13 Jan 2018 - 30 Nov 2019
In My Shoes
30 Mar 2018 - 22 Sep 2019
Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection
21 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2019

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