Exhibitions

Roger Hiorns Seizure

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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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Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender, Identity

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National Partners Programme

02/10/17 - 15/04/18

Coming Out tours to Birmingham from the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act) with a major exhibition drawn from the Arts Council Collection and its own collections.

Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity will bring together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967.The exhibition will reveal the findings of over two years of research by the Gallery into LGBT history, visual culture, its collection and the Arts Council Collection, revealing hidden queer histories and institutional blind spots that will be addressed through the exhibition’s programme of events and performances. 

The exhibition will include artists David Hockney, Steve McQueen, LINDER, James Richards and Sarah Lucas among others, as well as new acquisitions to the Walker’s collection, generously funded by the Art Fund New Collecting Award scheme.

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A Green and Pleasant Land

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National Partners Programme

30/09/17 - 21/01/18 
British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now

This major survey exhibition focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time.

Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money

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National Partners Programme

07/11/17 - 18/03/18
A powerful new exhibition by 2017 Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid MBE, Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money features works selected by Lubaina from the Arts Council Collection, along with 20 figures from her major installation, Naming the Money. 

Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

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ACC Touring Exhibition

05/10/17 – 09/12/17

Bringing together outstanding examples of painting and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection and other major UK collections, Kaleidoscope examines 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens, bringing into view the relationship between colour and form, rationality and irrationality, order and waywardness.

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Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War

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Exhibition Loan

23/06/17 – 01/01/18

Discover the art and story of Britain's original rebel artist in the largest UK retrospective of Wyndham Lewis' work to date. Marking one hundred years since Lewis was first commissioned as an official war artist in 1917, Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War will comprise more than 160 artworks, books, journals and pamphlets from major public and private, national and international collections and will be IWM's largest visual arts exhibition to date.

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Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi

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Exhibition Loan

23/06/17 – 07/01/18

A comprehensive overview of rare and never-before-seen great paintings and other works by Guyana-born British artist Frank Bowling. Born in Bartica in British Guiana in 1934, he left his homeland at nineteen, and in 1953 came to London in the wake of the great migrations of the English-speaking population of West India and the Caribbean after the Second World War. He studied painting at the Slade School, University College London and the Royal College of Art. In 1962, he was awarded the silver medal for painting, alongside David Hockney, who won the gold medal.

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Why Look at Animals

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Exhibition Loan

20/05/17 – 11/03/18

This exhibition looks at our relationship with animals. John Berger argued in his 1977 essay Why Look At Animals?, that humanity has lost its contact with nature since moving into town and cities. We now tend to think of animals only as Zoo creatures, pets or food source. Artists from the early Victorian period to the present day have been aware of this change in perception and this exhibition presents a wide range of responses.

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Daughters of Penelope

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Exhibition Loan

20/07/17 – 20/01/18

The story of women’s work in both the textile industry and in textile art and tapestry is a complex one and the history of Dovecot intertwines with both. This exhibition will look at the work of key women weavers and artists who have contributed to Dovecot’s history and present. Some key pieces in tapestry will be shown alongside work by contemporary women artists who are exploring the history and cultural identity of women expressed in their work in textile.

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Paul Nash

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Exhibition Loan

9 Sep 2017 - 14 Jan 2018
With four and five star reviews including Guardian, The Times, Londonist and Time Out London, this exhibition of work by Paul Nash comes to the Laing Art Gallery from Tate Britain, London. The show features two ACC works Nest of Wild Stones and Night Landscape. 

John Armstrong: Dream & Reality

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Exhibition Loan

16 September - 18 November 2017 

This exhibition examines the diverse range of work produced over the lifetime of this intriguing artist. Although his paintings show the influence of Surrealism, Armstrong was never a Surrealist; instead he forged a very personal style that confronted conventional ideas and beliefs with a blend of ironic wit and personal symbolism.

Pioneers of Pop

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Exhibition Loan

07/10/17 - 20/01/18
A ground-breaking exhibition that will firmly – and correctly - position Newcastle as the birthplace of Pop Art.

Artist Film Programme - Theme Flight

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Exhibition Loan

14/10/17 - 24/11/17

In an ordinary apartment a surprising scenario is evolving in which the global and the personal are played off against each other and our concept of space is turned upside down.

Supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

Blood: Life Uncut

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Exhibition Loan

27.07.17 – 1.11.17
Science Gallery London presents BLOOD: Life Uncut, an exhibition and event series that demonstrates the captivating power of blood to expose, shock and bring people together.

The season highlights the scientific and symbolic nature of blood, exploring personal and provocative stories of this vital, life-affirming fluid that connects us all.The season runs from July to November 2017 at sites around London Bridge and in Peckham, south-east London.

Margaret Harrison. Dialogues between sex, class and violence

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Exhibition Loan

20/10/17 - 14/01/18 
Azkuna Zentroa presents the exhibition 'Margaret HarrisonDialogues between sex, class and violence' curated by Xabier Arakistain. The first large format retrospective exhibition of this British artist, pioneer in feminist art.

The exhibition provides a detailed journey through her career, starting with the reproduction of her first individual exhibition in 1971 (closed by the police the day after its opening).

The exhibition includes her emblematic works about female labour and sexual exploitation, as well as more recent ones, where the feminist gaze is central.

Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness

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Exhibition Loan

20/10/17 - 14/01/2017

Curated by artist John Walter, this exhibition brings together international artists and architects to explore the nature of visual awkwardness.

Artist John Walter curates the new Hayward Touring exhibition Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, which launches at the MAC before embarking on a national tour to Dundee Contemporary Arts and Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre.

PAUL NASH AND THE UNCANNY LANDSCAPE: AN EXHIBITION CURATED BY JOHN STEZAKER

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Exhibition Loan

20/10/17 - 15/04/2018

Paul Nash’s groundbreaking inter-war landscapes which transformed the genre of British landscape painting feature in this new exhibition curated by John Stezaker at York Art Gallery.

The violent upheaval of the pastoral and romantic landscape caused by the First World War had a significant effect on Nash and his work that followed reflected this.

In this unique exhibition, Stezaker considers how Nash and his contemporaries portrayed an estranged sense of unreality focused on the representation of the everyday world.

Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception

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Exhibition Loan

20/10/17 - 21/01/18
 

“… dazzling” The Sunday Times

This exhibition will explore one of the most exciting threads of art history of the past 150 years. Many artists from the Impressionists onwards were inspired by scientific colour theories, such as the pointillist work of Georges Seurat, where colours other than those actually painted on the canvas are generated in the eye of the viewer.

Bomberg

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Exhibition Loan

21/10/17 - 04/02/18

A major review of the life and career of David Bomberg (1890– 1957), recognized as one of the 20th century’s leading British artists. Through more than 70 works representing all significant periods of Bomberg’s oeuvre, this exhibition will illustrate profound developments in the artist’s own work as well as his significant achievement within the context of British modernism.

Cathy Wilkes

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Exhibition Loan

22/10/17 - 11/03/18

MoMA PS1 presents the first monographic exhibition of Cathy Wilkes (Irish, b. 1966) in New York. The largest exhibition of the artist’s work to date, Cathy Wilkes features approximately 50 works from public and private collections throughout Europe and North America as well as new pieces created for the show, offering a broad view of Wilkes’s work since 2004. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with Wilkes’s receipt of the first Maria Lassnig Prize, awarded by the Maria Lassnig Foundation in 2016.

John Piper's Brighton Aquatints

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Exhibition Loan

12/12/2017 3/06/18 

The significance of John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints book – published just after the outbreak of war in November 1939 – in his artistic development is widely recognised, but has never before been explored in detail. See them now at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. 

RASHEED ARAEEN A Retrospective

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Exhibition Loan

02/12/2017 - 25/03/2018

The exhibition, spanning 60 years of work, presents a body of work that has had a profound influence on generations of artists, writers and thinkers. The first comprehensive survey of the artist.

Current Exhibitions

Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money

A powerful new exhibition selected by 2017 Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid MBE with ACC works.
A Green and Pleasant Land British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now

An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition at Towner Art Gallery.
Kaleidoscope at Mead gallery

Kaleidoscope tours to Warwick examining 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens.
Drawn from Life: People on Paper at Berwick Granary Gallery

This exhibition brings together some of the finest drawings in the Arts Council Collection with loans from the British Council Collection.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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

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.
On Paper at Gallery Oldham

Paper will become the subject of this exhibition, rather than the often overlooked support for drawings.
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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