How We Work

Arts Council Collection: How We Work

Each year, the Arts Council Collection acquires new work through an annual acquisitions process. In 2018-19, the Collection acquired 59 works by 25 artistsOver 75% of the work’s acquired for 2018 – 2019 are by female artists building upon Arts Council Collection’s mission to support and champion the breadth and diversity of British art and artists.

This year’s acquisitions include works by a number of early career artists including Flo BrooksHolly HendryEvan Ifekoya and Imran Perretta who are all under the age of 35. The Collection also supports artists from a broad age spectrum and has this year acquired Untitled, 1976 by Gillian Lowndes (1936-2010) made at an important period in Lowndes career in which she began to use hand-building processes to construct intricate, basket-like ceramic works.

Works from the Collection – spanning video, photography, performance, installation, painting, computer animation and sculpture – are lent to galleries and public institutions throughout the country. In 2018-19, 1,652 works from the Collection were shown in 126 different galleries and museums across the UK and internationally, reaching an audience of over 2.8 million people.


Explore the full list of New Acquisitions 18/19.

Arts Council Collection: How We Work



The Arts Council Collection supports and promotes British art and artists by acquiring their work at an early or critical stage in their career. With a focus on innovative work made by artists living in Britain our acquisitions policy is characterised by a spirit of risk taking combined with an informed appraisal of current practice.

The Arts Council Collection acquires new work through an annual acquisitions process. Between 2013 and 2019 the Arts Council Collection acquired 219 works by 136 artists.


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News: New Acquisitions Announced

See the full list of 45 works by 29 artists that we acquired for the nation in 2016-2017.
Gifts & Bequests

In addition to works purchased through the annual acquisitions process, the Collection has also received gifts through donations made by artists and their estates.
Acquisitions Partners

The Arts Council Collection acknowledges the support of Art Fund and The Henry Moore Foundation.



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.