National Partners Programme

Arts Council Collection: National Partners Programme

To mark the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary, Arts Council England has invested in a network of four National Partner museums and galleries across England, deepening their longstanding relationship with the Collection.

The four National Partner museums and galleries are: the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; the Birmingham Museums Trust; the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool; and the Collection’s existing partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Through a sustained presence at each venue across the three year programme, the Arts Council Collection aims to build a deeper relationship with regional audiences. Building a UK-wide network across regional partners connects local visitors to their national collection.

The partners will provide a year-round home for the Collection’s art works, hosting a special programme of at least 24 National Partner exhibitions between April 2016 and June 2019.

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    RT @A_C_Collection: If you're in Birmingham tomorrow why not join our Learning Officer for a tour of some incredible portraiture including…

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    If you're in Birmingham tomorrow why not join our Learning Officer for a tour of some incredible portraiture including this beautiful #ACC piece by #RyanMosley #ACCNationalPartners https://t.co/hFvrCX8N1H

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    RT @A_C_Collection: Great to visit #ACCNationalPartners @BM_AG today in preparation for the next #ACC exhibition showing there, The #Everyd…

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Learning

Going Digital with the Over 75s

Birmingham Museum & Gallery’s latest engagement pilot project sees the gallery’s learning team working with local care homes to explore new opportunities for engaging older audiences.
All Aboard for Family Learning

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.
Putting Engagement Centre Stage

Walker Art Gallery's Angelica Vanasse explains how the Gallery worked to put engagement activity centre stage as part of their major exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity.

Exhibitions

Revolt & Revolutions

The works in this exhibition, drawn primarily from the Arts Council Collection, give insight into some of the counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades.
At Altitude

At Altitude presents historical and contemporary works that elucidate the links between the ever-changing methods of observing the world and how this has been interpreted by artists through painting, sculpture, photography and film.
Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity

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

Curated by internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza from the Arts Council Collection, We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun, presents works from the Collection alongside new works made by Mirza for the exhibition.
Tread Softly

Tread Softly presents works from the Arts Council Collection in which artists explore childhood experience and familial relationships, revisiting and reassessing pivotal moments and people within their lives
I Want! I Want! Art and Technology

I Want! I Want! features work by artists made over the last 20 years who have all been influenced by the rapid development of technology.

Projects

Store to Tour

Explore our series of short films produced to celebrate the National Partners Programme, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the staging of works from the Collection as they go on show at partner venues.
My Collection

My Collection invites audiences to join a national conversation about collecting in its many forms and share their own collections and memories of collecting via social media.
Art & Poetry

Visual art has long been a source of inspiration for poetry and poetry for visual art. Find out more about our Art & Poetry projects, including commissions produced alongside Partners exhibitions.

Video

Coming Out

A National Partners Programme exhibition, bringing together nearly 100 artworks from the Arts Council Collection and the Walker’s own collection. The show explores how artists have addressed the show’s themes in their work since 1967.
Tread Softly

Tread Softly presents works from the Arts Council Collection in which artists explore childhood experience and familial relationships, revisiting and reassessing pivotal moments and people within their lives.
I Want! I Want!

This exhibition features work by 26 artists and collectives, made over the last 20 years, who have all been influenced by the rapid development of technology.

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The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With nearly 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyondThis website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.