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Welcome to the Arts Council Collection
The Arts Council Collection is the national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art, representing over 8,000 works of art.

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The National Partners Programme
We’re working with four major galleries outside London, to present a series of exciting and innovative new exhibitions drawn from the Arts Council Collection.

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Recent Acquisitions
Find out more about our latest acquisitions, including new works by Mishka Henner, Emma Hart, Caragh Thuring and Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid

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Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

Wardill, Emily

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

2006

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

Hodgkin, Howard

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

1968

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

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

Lay back, keep quiet and think of what made Britain so great

Boyce, Sonia

Lay back, keep quiet and think of what made Britain so great

1986

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Is it okay to be black?

Anderson, Hurvin

Is it okay to be black?

2015

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

New Stones - Newton's Tones

Cragg, Tony

New Stones - Newton's Tones

1978

60 Minutes Silence

Wearing, Gillian

60 Minutes Silence

1996

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close

Perry, Grayson

Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close

2012

Icon

Hepworth, Barbara

Icon

1957

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Fork Face

Hart, Emma

Fork Face

2017

The Crowning

Shonibare, MBE, Yinka

The Crowning

2007

Baylham Mill

Bell, Graham

Baylham Mill

1940

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Totality

Paterson, Katie

Totality

2015

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

Latest News

Applications Now Open for the National Partners Programme 2019-22


9 Oct 2018

Following the success of the first Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme, we are seeking three new regional partners to form a network of galleries and museums to present and curate exhibitions over a three-year period drawn from the Arts Council Collection.

The National Partners Programme was launched in 2016 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Collection, which is the most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world. Our works are loaned out to a wide range of exhibitions across England and...

Current Exhibitions

On Paper
13 Jan 2018 - 27 Apr 2019
In My Shoes
30 Mar 2018 - 22 Sep 2019
Grayson Perry, The Vanity of Small Differences
31 Mar 2018 - 15 Dec 2018

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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.