Discover the Collection

Arts Council Collection: Discover the Collection

The Arts Council Collection is a rich resource for teaching, learning and engagement both in the gallery and online.

Our regular programme of digital content aims to offer online audiences a chance to learn about and enjoy the Collection, as well as support greater understanding of Arts Council Collection activity across a wide range of projects.

Discover more about the artworks and artists held in the Collection in our monthly artist profiles, watch short films, read blogs about current projects including our ongoing Curators' Days series, explore our archive of accessible learning resources developed in collaboration with learning professionals or browse a selection of beautiful and inspiring publications drawing on the rich body of work represented by the Collection


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Artist in Focus

Walker Art Gallery's Bethan Lewis reflects on the 'fictional activism' of London-based moving image and performance artist, Michelle Williams Gamaker, whose Arts Council Collection work, House of Women, is currently showing as part of National Partners exhibition, As Seen on Screen.

Michelle Williams Gamaker is a London-based moving image and performance artist. Her work explores the legacy of 20th-century British and Hollywood studio films by restaging them and recasting their characters. The resulting alternative narratives redress the marginalisation of people of colour in the original films by restoring them as central figures who challenge their fates...> Read full profile


Video: Michelle Williams Gamaker, House of Women, 2017 (Extract)


There, Not There

MA student Saskia Flower from London’s Courtauld Institute reflects on her experience of working with the Arts Council Collection to stage a unique end of year exhibition.
Students Jump Into the Shoes of ACC

Dr Rowan Bailey from the University of Huddersfield reports on an exciting new collaborative project developed alongside Arts Council Collection's latest Touring Exhibition, In My Shoes.
Glasgow International

Following the latest Arts Council Collection Curators’ Day at this year’s Glasgow International, Amy Tobin, Curator at Kettle’s Yard and Lecturer in History of Art, University of Cambridge, reports from Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art.
Engaging Families

Emma Bearman reports from the Arts Council Collection Curators’ Day event, Engaging Families, and considers new ways of engaging family audiences in art galleries and museums.
Towards Civic Engagement

Ellen Mara De Wachter reports from our Arts Council Collection Curators’ Day at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough.


On Paper

Including an original text by writer Ian Sansom, On Paper offers a new perspective on a common material, displaying some of the most creative applications of the medium.
Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence...

With an introductory text by curator Natalie Rudd and an in-depth new essay by curator and writer Sam Cornish, this compact publication presents the work of over 20 artists, including Robyn Denny, Tess Jaray, Phillip King, Kim Lim and Jeremy Moon.
A Century of Prints in Britain

Showcasing over 200 highlights from the Arts Council Collection, A Century of Prints in Britain explores the radical transformations that have shaped British printmaking throughout the twentieth century to today.
Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles

25 years after its first showing, Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles offers an invigorating new perspective on this seminal and much-loved work of twentieth-century British art.



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.