Our 2019 Venice Curators’ Day brought together UK-based arts professionals for a day of talks and tours of selected exhibitions at the 58th Venice Biennale, offering participants the opportunity to meet and hear from the curatorial teams and artists behind each exhibition.

As part of the event we invited attendees to share their thoughts on the day and some of the exhibitions visited for a series of short films, produced with support from Art Fund

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Artist Interviews

John Dee Interview

Artist John Dee talks about his 1966 work Revelation, reflecting on the ideas and processes behind the work as well as his time as a student at the Slade.
Cornelia Parker Interview

Parker discusses her ACC installation Neither From Nor Towards, 1992 and reflects on the role of art education.
Yinka Shonibare Interview

Artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE discusses his unique way of working, the impact of Arts Council Collection acquisition at an early stage in his career and the relevance of 'The Crowning' to contemporary politics.
Tess Jaray Interview

Artist Tess Jaray discusses her painting, St. Stephen's Way, 1964, as well as reflecting on her artistic career and the influence of Italian architecture and Islamic art in her work.
Ryan Mosley Interview

Painter Ryan Mosley talks becoming a painter, giving back and donating works to the Arts Council Collection.
Ryan Gander Interview

Night in the Museum curator Ryan Gander describes his parameters for selecting works for the exhibition and the complex relationship between the sculptural and 2D works in the show.
Mishka Henner Interview

Mishka Henner’s appropriative practice explores the use and value of photography and its relationship with contemporary experience.

Exhibition Films

In My Shoes: Art & the Self since the 1990s

Senior Curator, Natalie Rudd introduces the Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition, In My Shoes: Art & the Self since the 1990s.
Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander Curates the Arts Council Collection

Curated by the leading British artist Ryan Gander, this major touring exhibition offers a unique view of the Arts Council Collection in its seventieth anniversary year.
Sam Cornish on Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope co-curator Sam Cornish discusses the themes behind this touring exhibition including sequence, symmetry and repetition.
Grayson Perry: Unpopular Culture

Grayson Perry describes the process of curating the Collection and creating an identity for Unpopular Culture.
Anish Kapoor Flashback at Longside Gallery

Caroline Douglas, Head of the Collection (2012) describes the metamorphosis of Anish Kapoor's touring Flashback exhibition from Manchester to Edinburgh and Yorkshire.
Roger Hiorns: Seizure

Roger Hiorns discuses the freedom in creating such a large-scale work and escaping his past through making art.
Roger Hiorns at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Roger Hiorns' discusses the relation between the anxiety inducing quality of the engine structures contained in this untitled work and the antidote (antidepressants) concealed within these impressive objects.



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.