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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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We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

Sleeper

Unwin, Phoebe

Sleeper

2012

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

BRIDGIT

Prodger, Charlotte

BRIDGIT

2016

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Loop

Organ, Margaret

Loop

1978

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

Burke, Vanley

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

1968

The First Grand National

Gander, Ryan

The First Grand National

2003

Youth, Jarrow

Killip, Chris

Youth, Jarrow

1976

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Jym in the Studio

Auerbach, Frank

Jym in the Studio

1963

Helmet Head No.3

Moore, Henry

Helmet Head No.3

1960

untitled: dunce

Barlow, Phyllida

untitled: dunce

2015

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Tropicalité, l'Île et l'Exote

Maheke, Paul

Tropicalité, l'Île et l'Exote

2014

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

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

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

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

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

Figure in Blue

Johnson, Claudette

Figure in Blue

2018

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Antony Gormley's 'Field for the British Isles' to go to Sunderland


26 Jan 2021

Field for the British Isles by Sir Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North, will be on display at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) at National Glass Centre from July until September this year.

The work comprises 40,000 small clay figures and was last in the region 25 years ago when it was on display at the former Greenesfield British Rail Works in Gateshead. More than 25,000 people visited the exhibition.

The artwork will be on loan from the Arts Council Collection, as part of the...

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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.