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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 8,000 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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Recent Acquisitions
Find out more about our latest acquisitions, including new works by Mishka Henner, Emma Hart, Caragh Thuring and Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid

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Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

The Crowning

Shonibare, MBE, Yinka

The Crowning

2007

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

Hodgkin, Howard

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

1968

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

Wardill, Emily

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

2006

Baylham Mill

Bell, Graham

Baylham Mill

1940

Is it okay to be black?

Anderson, Hurvin

Is it okay to be black?

2016

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

60 Minutes Silence

Wearing, Gillian

60 Minutes Silence

1996

Totality

Paterson, Katie

Totality

2015

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Icon

Hepworth, Barbara

Icon

1957

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

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

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Fork Face

Hart, Emma

Fork Face

2017

Latest News

The Arts Council Collection announce Curators’ Days for Autumn 2018


20 Sep 2018

The Arts Council Collection are delighted to be working with the Art Fund again this year to develop a series of joint events designed to provide an informal forum for curators from around the country to meet and network.

There are six Curators’ Day events organised every year, each with a special focus, either looking at particular areas of professional practice or visiting important exhibitions with talks from artists, curators and specialists on a range of topics.

The next three in the series will happen throughout autumn 2018 and will cover...

Current Exhibitions

On Paper
13 Jan 2018 - 27 Apr 2019
Nature’s Presence
30 Mar 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
In My Shoes
30 Mar 2018 - 22 Sep 2019

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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.