Learning Projects

Arts Council Collection: Learning Projects

The Arts Council Collection is a rich resource for teaching, learning and engagement. Through our dedicated programmes at Longside Gallery and our touring exhibitions we strive to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the Collection through family activities, workshops, teachers’ study days, talks, tours, seminars and special projects.

Our reach is both local and national. Educational resources are developed in collaboration with learning professionals to ensure they are useful and accessible. 

We support younger generations through a range of national engagement programmes including working in partnership with the National Saturday Club, founded by the Sorrel Foundation.

Through our National Partner venues we work with harder-to-reach audiences and have supported innovative ways to bring the Collection to audiences who are unable to visit exhibitions.

What We Do

National Saturday Clubs

The Arts Council Collection works in partnership with National Saturday Club to give young people across the country greater access to art, artists, galleries and arts professionals.
My Collection

My Collection invites audiences to join a national conversation about collecting in its many forms. Exhibition visitors, young and old, are encouraged to think about what collecting means to them and share their own collections and memories of collecting
Art & Poetry

Visual art has long been a source of inspiration for poetry and poetry for visual art. Explore a series of poetry commissions produced in response to Collection artworks and exhibitions.
Arts Award

The Collection works to support Arts Award, a national scheme initiated by Arts Council England to inspire young people to take part in and enjoy the arts. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities and prepares them for
Art UK Project

As part of Art UK’s latest take on the Masterpieces in Schools initiative, the Arts Council Collection loaned Phillip King’s Point X to Pinders Primary School in Wakefield. The ACC were the first collection in the project to loan a sculpture for the day.


Students Jump Into the Shoes of ACC

Dr Rowan Bailey from University of Huddersfield reports on an exciting new collaborative project developed alongside ACC Touring Exhibition, In My Shoes, aimed at developing new ways of thinking about audience experience and engagement.
Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club

Students from Nottingham Trent University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park to explore themes of protest in the National Partners exhibition, Revolt & Revolutions.
All Aboard for Family Learning

Programmed as ACC’s National Partners Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s All Aboard programme introduces local families to works from the Collection, through supported visits and a range of family-friendly activities.

Education Packs

In My Shoes

An educational resource to accompany In My Shoes, an Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition exploring the ways in which artists based in the UK have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s.

An educational resource to accompany the first Arts Council Collection survey of 1960s British art in over twenty years, written by teachers to inspire ideas and ways of working with the exhibition.
Night in the Museum

This pack has been written by teachers for teachers; it is designed to provide enough information for you to lead a visit to the exhibition or to develop classroom activities inspired by the show’s themes and concepts
Drawn from Life

An Education Information pack to accompany the Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition 'Drawn from Life: People on Paper'. Available to download

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Learning at Longside

Our Longside Gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park is used for a range of educational and outreach activities, including regular study days exploring specific themes and holdings.
Curators' Days

The Arts Council Collection organises six events for UK-based curators each year, offering an informal forum for networking, learning and sharing.
Artist Profiles

Learn more about some of the artists in the Collection in our series of monthly artist profiles featuring contributions from Collection staff and Curators.



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.