Exhibition Map

Roger Hiorns Seizure


Sculpture at Longside

Open weekends and school holidays

Faced with the demolition of the South London housing block in which it was originally situated in early 2011, Seizure was acquired by the Arts Council Collection, thanks to a gift by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Art Fund, with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation.

The work, weighing over 31 tonnes, was successfully extracted from the property in February 2011, following meticulous planning which saw one wall of the flat removed before the whole structure was pulled out and subsequently transported to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where it is presented within a new concrete structure commissioned from Adam Khan Architects.

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Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else


National Partners Programme

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Exhibition

As part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme, Liverpool-based artist Leo Fitzmaurice will create an assembly of portraits within Room 9 at the Gallery. 

The artist will gather together artworks from both the Arts Council Collection and National Museums Liverpool’s own collections, with a painting from the Lady Lever Art Gallery called Psamathe (1879-80) by Frederic, Lord Leighton as a key work in the exhibition. This image shows a female nude from behind and the subject appears to be looking out to the sea in front of her. Fitzmaurice will aim to expand upon this “tone of inquisitiveness in the world beyond” through a selection of works dictated by the direction in which the sitters seem to be looking. At first glance, Room 9 may look like many other rooms in the Gallery. However, on closer inspection visitors will notice something unusual about the placement of the portraits and the direction in which the sitters appear to be looking.

More than 30 portraits by artists including Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Milena Dragicevic, Ken Kiff, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky and Philip Sutton will feature in the exhibition. 

Leo Fitzmaurice said: “Almost always, in my work, I try to frame the everyday and the overlooked in a new light. I would think an artwork successful if the work could give the feeling of encountering something familiar for the first time.”

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Women Power Protest


National Partners Programme

10 November 2018 - 31 March 2019

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Exhibition

Marking a century since the first women won the right to vote, 'Women Power Protest' brings together modern and contemporary artworks from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham’s own collection to celebrate female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity in their work.

Showcasing pieces by celebrated artists including Susan HillerLubaina Himid, and Mary Kelly, as well as sometimes controversial artists such as Sam Taylor-JohnsonSonia Boyce, and Margaret Harrison, the exhibition will not shy away from difficult subjects, nor underplay the genius behind these artworks.

Inspired by the bold work of feminist artists and activists, Women Power Protest will raise awareness, provoke debate and ask just how much has changed for women?

The exhibition will take place in the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

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On Paper


ACC Touring Exhibition

Paper will become the subject of this exhibition, rather than the often overlooked support for drawings. Artists have used paper to construct three-dimensional objects as diverse as Karla Black’s delicate and sensuous hanging structures made from sugar paper, hair gel and chalk, Lesley Foxcroft’s two-tone corrugated bricks, Gareth Jones’ cloakroom ticket cape and Art and Language’s jig-saw. Also considered will be works on paper which have been burnt, torn and cut by artists such as Roger Ackling, Cornelia Parker, Tim Davies and Simon Periton.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
26 May - 14 July 2018

Tŷ Pawb
28 July  - 22 September 2018

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
29 September - 25 November 2018

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
1 December 2018 - 17 February 2019

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
23 February - 27 April 2019

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In My Shoes


ACC Touring Exhibition

Self-portraiture maintains an enduring presence throughout art history; in recent years artists have revolutionised and extended the genre by incorporating action, performance, narrative and explorations of identity.

Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
30 March – 17 June 2018

Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester
7 July - 2 September 2018

PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon
6 October 2018 - 6 January 2019

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University
19 January - 12 May 2019

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck
6 July - 22 September 2019

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Rooted in the Landscape


ACC Touring Exhibition

Our new exhibition in collaboration with the Paintings in Hospitals is touring hospitals across South West England.

Rooted in the Landscape explores the relationship between art, wellbeing and the natural environment. Featuring works by artists including Andy GoldsworthyMarc Quinn, and Turner Prize-nominated Janice Kerbel, the exhibition is specifically designed for healthcare settings and aims to enhance patient access to museum-quality contemporary art.

Through painting, photography and printmaking, the exhibition explores our personal relationships with the rural environment and asks us to consider the positive influence and therapeutic benefits the outdoors can have on our wellbeing.

Rooted in the Landscape is touring hospitals across the South West of England. It will be on display at Dorset County Hospital from 04 August 2018 - 05 January 2019. And will then continue to tour to Yeovil District Hospital, Musgrove Park Hospital (Taunton), and Southmead Hospital (Bristol).

Criminal Ornamentation Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection


ACC Touring Exhibition

Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection in a new touring exhibition that opens at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, 21 September-16 December 2018, then tours throughout the UK.

Criminal Ornamentation explores the cultural and social dimensions of the use of pattern in art. The exhibition title refers to Adolf Loos' 'Ornament and Crime' (1908) a strongly worded essay in which Loos ridiculed the use of ornament as an indication of poor taste and the lowest level of cultural development. As a counterblast to Loos’ bombastic text, Yinka Shonibare MBE presents an explosion of pattern and colour bringing together works from across the visual arts including an acidic wallpaper by Glasgow-based designers, Timorous Beasties, the sculptural torso of Tattoo, a subversive work by Edward Lipski and the flowing vegetation of Honeysuckle, a design by May Morris.

Unified by pattern, the exhibition is a personal selection by Yinka Shonibare MBE from the Arts Council Collection’s rich and varied holdings supplemented by key loans from the V&A, Crafts Council, William Morris Society and individual artists based across the UK.  Threading through the patterned surfaces are many challenging themes - from politics and colonialism to gender stereotypes and inequality. Criminal Ornamentation is an exploration of pattern as a genuine expression that breaks away from traditional conceptions of art and seeks to celebrate the radical deviancy of pattern.

Artists featured in the show include Timorous Beasties, Boyle Family, Susan DergesJoe Fletcher OrrLaura FordEdward Lipski, Alexander McQueen, Milena DragicevicLis RhodesBridget RileyYinka Shonibare MBECaragh Thuring and Bedwyr Williams.



Please note: not all works will be shown at all venues.

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester - 21 September-16 December 2018

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter - 19 January-16 March 2019

Longside Gallery, Arts Council Collection, Wakefield - 5 April-16 June 2019

Southampton Art Gallery - 28 June-28 September 2019


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The Enchanted Garden


Exhibition Loan

William Morris was a key figure in the development of domestic garden design, helping to popularise the Arts and Crafts garden among the artistic middle class in England and the US. His gardens at Red House and then Kelmscott Manor supplied endless inspiration to Morris, his family and friends.

The Enchanted Garden explores how Morris's contemporaries and subsequent generations of artists - from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Bloomsbury Group - have responded to the allure of garden spaces, using them as stages for the magical, menacing and romantic.

Many works in the exhibition reference real gardens that still enchant visitors today, including Morris’s Red House and Kelmscott Manor, which supplied endless inspiration for him, his family and friends.

Featured artists include Claude Monet, Lucian Pissarro, Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer, Beatrix Potter, Cicely Mary Barker, Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell.

The exhibition is organised by the Laing Art Gallery in association with the William Morris Gallery.

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Current Exhibitions

ACC Touring Exhibition: On Paper

Paper will become the subject of this exhibition, rather than the often overlooked support for drawings.
ACC Touring Exhibition: In My Shoes

In My Shoes explores the ways in which artists based in the UK have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s.
Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else

As part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme, Liverpool-based artist Leo Fitzmaurice will create an assembly of portraits within Room 9 at the Gallery.
Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection

Criminal Ornamentation explores the cultural and social dimensions of the use of pattern in art.

Past Exhibitions

Looking North at Walker Art Gallery

October – February 2017
Coming Out Sexuality, Gender & Identity at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.



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