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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 7,500 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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Acquisitions 2016/17
Find out more about our latest acquisitions, including significant works by Phyllida Barlow, Andy Holden, Aleksandra Mir and Yinka Shonibare, MBE.

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60 Minutes Silence

Wearing, Gillian

60 Minutes Silence

1996

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

Hodgkin, Howard

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

1968

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Is it okay to be black?

Anderson, Hurvin

Is it okay to be black?

2016

Totality

Paterson, Katie

Totality

2015

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

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

Wardill, Emily

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

2006

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Icon

Hepworth, Barbara

Icon

1957

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Baylham Mill

Bell, Graham

Baylham Mill

1940

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Recent Acquisitions at the Hayward Gallery


25 Jan 2018

The first exhibition in Hayward Gallery's newly reopened HENI Project Space features four recent sculptural acquisitions from the Arts Council Collection by Matthew Darbyshire, Ryan Gander, Amalia Pica and Simon Starling, 24 Jan - 9 Apr 2018.

These newly acquired sculptural works – some of which are exhibited in London for the first time – are concerned in different ways with action and transformation, whether it's a sculpture used to navigate troubled waters, a new form created from once-functional objects, a radically updated version of a classical work, or simply a body at rest.

The shift of materials from one state to another forms a large part of Simon Starling’s work, which he has...

Current Exhibitions

Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art
1 Apr 2017 - 3 Jun 2018
Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money
7 Oct 2017 - 18 Mar 2018
Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity
2 Dec 2017 - 15 Apr 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.