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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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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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Sculpture at Longside
Located within the grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Longside has been home to sculpture in the Arts Council Collection since 2003.

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Curators' Days
The Arts Council Collection organises six events for UK-based curators each year. Designed as an informal forum for networking, learning and sharing, the events bring together curators from galleries across the country.

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Welcome to the Arts Council Collection
The Arts Council Collection is the most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world and plays a vital role in supporting galleries across the UK through loans, touring exhibitions and curatorial skills.

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In My Shoes: Art & the Self since the 1990s
A timely opportunity to consider the legacy of a key aspect of 1990s British art, current Touring Exhibition In My Shoes, explores the ways in which artists based in the UK have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s.

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Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

Hodgkin, Howard

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

1968

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

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

Wardill, Emily

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

2006

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

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

Baylham Mill

Bell, Graham

Baylham Mill

1940

Totality

Paterson, Katie

Totality

2015

Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close

Perry, Grayson

Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close

2012

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

New Stones - Newton's Tones

Cragg, Tony

New Stones - Newton's Tones

1978

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Icon

Hepworth, Barbara

Icon

1957

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

Is it okay to be black?

Anderson, Hurvin

Is it okay to be black?

2015

Fork Face

Hart, Emma

Fork Face

2017

The Crowning

Shonibare, MBE, Yinka

The Crowning

2007

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Rachel Maclean to curate new National Partners exhibition in 2019


12 Dec 2018

Artist and filmmaker Rachel Maclean will curate a major exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Too Cute! Sweet is about to get Sinister, opening on 26th January 2019.

The artist known for her distinctive satirical films will examine the world of cuteness by curating works from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham’s collection to reveal how objects and images can have the unique ability to be simultaneously sweet and sinister. An opening film has also been created by Maclean to introduce the themes of the exhibition.

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On Paper
13 Jan 2018 - 30 Nov 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.