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The Vanity of Small Differences
Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry introduces some of the imagery and inspirations behind the episodic scenes which form his major work, The Vanity of Small Differences, currently touring venues across the UK.

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Art Crush
What’s your Art Personality? This new app is a free, fun and accessible way for everyone to explore artworks from the Arts Council Collection, available to download via a mobile device or tablet.

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Sculpture by Women Since 1945
Explore some of the artists and artworks featured in our major new touring exhibition, Breaking the Mould - challenging the male-dominated narratives of post-war British sculpture.

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New Acquisitions 19/20
The Arts Council Collection continue to support and promote British art and artists by buying their work at an early or critical stage in their career. Explore the 38 artworks by 21 artists acquired for the nation in 2019-20.

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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

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

Burke, Vanley

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

1968

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Youth, Jarrow

Killip, Chris

Youth, Jarrow

1976

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

untitled: dunce

Barlow, Phyllida

untitled: dunce

2015

Loop

Organ, Margaret

Loop

1978

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Sleeper

Unwin, Phoebe

Sleeper

2012

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

Figure in Blue

Johnson, Claudette

Figure in Blue

2018

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

True To Size

Phillipson, Heather

True To Size

2015

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

Things I associate with you

Phillips, Ciara

Things I associate with you

2014

BRIDGIT

Prodger, Charlotte

BRIDGIT

2016

Jym in the Studio

Auerbach, Frank

Jym in the Studio

1963

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'My name is not Refugee' opens at Firstsite


3 Dec 2020

A powerful new exhibition at Colchester’s Firstsite gallery, co-curated by people seeking to build new lives in Britain, will reveal the experiences of newcomers to our shores in ways that are very rarely seen. 

My name is not Refugee is an opportunity to see past the label of ‘refugee’ and, whilst acknowledging the conflict or trauma which may have been experienced, instead focus on the lives of the contributors before and after arriving in the UK. The exhibition will reveal commonalities between visitors to the exhibition and the first-time curators, creating a...

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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.