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Longside Gallery Virtual Tour
Take a virtual view of current touring exhibition, Criminal Ornamentation, curated by Yinka Shonibare CBE with our new 3D interactive tour, featuring video introductions to selected works from Arts Council Collection Curator, Beth Hughes.

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18/19 Acquisitions Announced
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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National Partners Programme
The National Partners Programme aims to establish a network of museums and galleries to exhibit and respond to the Collection over a three-year period, raising the profile of the Arts Council Collection with the public.

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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.

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Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection
Our latest Touring Exhibition, Criminal Ornamentation, explores the cultural and social dimensions of the use of pattern in art.

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Hatoum, Mona

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1994

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

untitled: dunce

Barlow, Phyllida

untitled: dunce

2015

Figure in Blue

Johnson, Claudette

Figure in Blue

2018

Sleeper

Unwin, Phoebe

Sleeper

2012

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

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

Things I associate with you

Phillips, Ciara

Things I associate with you

2014

Youth, Jarrow

Killip, Chris

Youth, Jarrow

1976

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

Burke, Vanley

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

1968

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

Loop

Organ, Margaret

Loop

1978

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

True To Size

Phillipson, Heather

True To Size

2015

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Jym in the Studio

Auerbach, Frank

Jym in the Studio

1963

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

BRIDGIT

Prodger, Charlotte

BRIDGIT

2016

Latest News

New Acquisitions Committee Members 19/20


11 Jun 2019

The Arts Council Collection is pleased to announce two new members of the 2019-2020 Acquisitions Committee. Artist Ryan Gander and Director of Firstsite in Colchester, Sally Shaw. 

Ryan Gander is an artist living and working in Suffolk and London. He studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL and the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, NL. The artist has been a Professor of Visual Art at the University of Huddersfield and holds an honorary Doctor of...

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On Paper
13 Jan 2018 - 30 Nov 2019
In My Shoes
30 Mar 2018 - 22 Sep 2019
Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection
21 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2019

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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.