Collection

About the Arts Council Collection

The Arts Council Collection supports artists in the UK through the purchase and display of their work.

Operating as a ‘museum without walls’ the Arts Council Collection is the largest national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world, and includes important examples by all of the UK’s prominent artists. It is the most widely circulated of all of Britain’s national collections and can be seen in exhibitions in museums and galleries across the UK and abroad.  Unique among national collection, the Arts Council Collection lends to public buildings across the UK, including schools, universities, hospitals and charitable associations.