We are delighted to announce Jill Constantine is the new Head of the Arts Council Collection

25 November 2014



Jill Constantine has been appointed Head of the Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre. Jill takes up the post with immediate effect, having been acting Head of the Collection since September 2013. Jill first joined the Arts Council of Great Britain more than 30 years ago as an administration assistant and was promoted to several different roles before becoming a Senior Curator in 2000. As Senior Curator of the Collection, Jill has organised a number of exhibitions including Antony Gormley’s Field for the British Isles, Unpopular Culture: Grayson Perry selects from the Arts Council Collection and Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979. During this time, she also worked on getting the Collection online, worked on the Longside and London store developments, and has been a member of the Acquisitions Committee since 2004. 


Jill Constantine said: “I’m thrilled to be the Head of the Arts Council Collection. The new funding arrangements for the Arts Council Collection will make a significant change to our regional presence in the next four years. I am delighted to have this opportunity to be able to lead the Arts Council Collection through this very important period of its development.”


Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery, said: "Jill has been acting in this role since last September, during which time her incredible knowledge of and ongoing commitment to both the Collection and Southbank Centre has seen the Arts Council Collection go from strength to strength.


Peter Heslip, Director, Visual Arts, Arts Council England, said: “The Arts Council Collection will be the recipient of significant financial investment from ACE over the next few years, with a new regional partnership scheme, digital outreach and education programme to be launched. We are confident that Jill is the best person to take the collection to the next level."


The Arts Council Collection is managed on behalf of Arts Council England by Southbank Centre.

For further press information and images, please contact:


Nicola Jeffs, Press Manager, Southbank Centre, on nicola.jeffs@southbankcentre.co.uk or 0207 921 0676 


Arts Council Collection is one of Britain’s foremost national collections of post-war British Art. As a collection 'without walls', it has no permanent gallery; it can be seen on long term loan to museums, galleries, schools, hospitals, colleges and charitable associations and in touring exhibitions and displays at home and abroad. It is also, importantly, the most widely circulated and easily accessible collection of its kind, with nearly 8000 works available for loan. Established in 1946 to promote and enrich knowledge of contemporary art, the Collection continues to acquire works by artists, many at an early stage of their career, living and working in Britain and to foster the widest possible access to modern and contemporary across the UK. It includes work by Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Henry Moore, Bridget Riley and Wolfgang Tillmans. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre on behalf of Arts Council England, and adds to the organisation's distinctive national remit.


Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits at the heart of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. 




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.