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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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Moving Image from the Arts Council Collection
During this unforseen period of exhibition closures, we'll be bringing you a curated selection of artists' moving image work from the Collection with an online programme of single screen works, selected by the Collection team and our National Partners.

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Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday
Organised by the Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA Curating the Art Museum students, this digital exhibition features major works from the Arts Council Collection alongside an exciting programme of online events.

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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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Discover the Collection
Explore our archive of digital content, including short films, virtual exhibition tours and artist profiles as well as a range of accessible learning resources.

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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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COVID-19 Information

We’re currently operating with a reduced team so may take a little longer than usual to reply - please refer to our revised FAQs to find out how best to contact us during this period.

We will continue to explore ways of sharing the Collection across our digital platforms during this period of exhibition closures. Please sign up to receive our newsletter or follow us on Instagram and Twitter for regular content updates and to enjoy digital highlights from the Collection.

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Jym in the Studio

Auerbach, Frank

Jym in the Studio

1963

True To Size

Phillipson, Heather

True To Size

2015

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

Burke, Vanley

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

1968

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

untitled: dunce

Barlow, Phyllida

untitled: dunce

2015

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

Sleeper

Unwin, Phoebe

Sleeper

2012

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Youth, Jarrow

Killip, Chris

Youth, Jarrow

1976

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

BRIDGIT

Prodger, Charlotte

BRIDGIT

2016

Figure in Blue

Johnson, Claudette

Figure in Blue

2018

Loop

Organ, Margaret

Loop

1978

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

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

Things I associate with you

Phillips, Ciara

Things I associate with you

2014

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Arts Council Collection appoints Deborah Smith as its new Director


10 Aug 2020

Deborah Smith has been appointed Director of the Arts Council Collection and will be taking up her new post on 7 September.

Deborah is a highly respected curator with an impressive track record in contemporary art. For the past two decades she has worked across interdisciplinary practices to commission art, curate exhibitions, and develop public programmes in partnership and collaboration with a wide range of artists and organisations. Deborah has worked with major international contemporary arts organisations as Head of Programmes (Interim) at the Contemporary Arts Society and Head of Programmes (Interim) at Serpentine...

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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.