Round 1 2016-19

Arts Council Collection: Round 1 2016-19

The first National Partners Programme gave galleries and museums in Liverpool, Birmingham and Eastbourne the opportunity to host the acclaimed Arts Council Collection as part of a diverse programme exhibitions taking place between 2016 and June 2019.

Round 1 will see Towner Art Gallery, Birmingham Museums Trust and The Walker Art Gallery host 24 exhibitions over 3 years, alongside the Collection’s longstanding partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


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Arts Council Collection: Round 1 2016-19
Arts Council Collection: Round 1 2016-19

Exhibition Films

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.



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.