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Artwork in Focus: Field for the British Isles
The largest artwork in the collection, Field for the British Isles, was made by Antony Gormley in 1993 with 100 volunteers at a school in St Helens. In our latest film the artist reflects on the creation of this iconic work.

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The Printed Line: An Introduction to Printmaking
Learn more about the art of printmaking via key works from the Arts Council Collection with Professor Paul Coldwell in our latest educational film produced to accompany current touring exhibition, The Printed Line

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18/19 Acquisitions
Explore the latest additions to the Collection, which this year includes 59 artworks by 25 artists spanning moving image, performance, installation, painting and sculpture, available for loan to galleries and public institutions throughout the UK

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Self Portrait with Fried Eggs (from Self Portraits series 1990-98)

Lucas, Sarah

Self Portrait with Fried Eggs (from Self Portraits series 1990-98)

1996

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

Loop

Organ, Margaret

Loop

1978

Oh Hélène, J'erre en ma chambre (Oh Helen, I roam my room) Poemes et Planches - Jules Laforgue French Edition B

Caulfield, Patrick

Oh Hélène, J'erre en ma chambre (Oh Helen, I roam my room) Poemes et Planches - Jules Laforgue French Edition B

1973

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

Burke, Vanley

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

1968

Figure in Blue

Johnson, Claudette

Figure in Blue

2018

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

BRIDGIT

Prodger, Charlotte

BRIDGIT

2016

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Youth, Jarrow

Killip, Chris

Youth, Jarrow

1976

Sleeper

Unwin, Phoebe

Sleeper

2012

Things I associate with you

Phillips, Ciara

Things I associate with you

2014

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

Jym in the Studio

Auerbach, Frank

Jym in the Studio

1963

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

True To Size

Phillipson, Heather

True To Size

2015

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

untitled: dunce

Barlow, Phyllida

untitled: dunce

2015

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Updates from our National Partners Programme 2020


19 Feb 2020

As part of the National Partners Programme, the second round of National Partners for 2019-22 will present works from the Arts Council Collection in unique and surprising ways as part of their 2020 exhibition programmes, including meaningful collaborations with their surrounding communities.

The National Partners for 2019-22 are Firstsite (Colchester), Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange (Penzance) and ...

Current Exhibitions

The Printed Line
6 Apr 2019 - 14 Feb 2021
Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles
16 Nov 2019 - 8 Mar 2020
Received Wisdom
1 Feb 2020 - 10 May 2020

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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.