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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 8,000 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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Recent Acquisitions
Find out more about our latest acquisitions, including new works by Mishka Henner, Emma Hart, Caragh Thuring and Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid

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Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Baylham Mill

Bell, Graham

Baylham Mill

1940

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

Wardill, Emily

Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul

2006

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

Hodgkin, Howard

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

1968

Icon

Hepworth, Barbara

Icon

1957

Totality

Paterson, Katie

Totality

2015

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

The Crowning

Shonibare, MBE, Yinka

The Crowning

2007

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

Is it okay to be black?

Anderson, Hurvin

Is it okay to be black?

2016

60 Minutes Silence

Wearing, Gillian

60 Minutes Silence

1996

Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

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

Fork Face

Hart, Emma

Fork Face

2017

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Latest News

New Touring Exhibition curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE: Criminal Ornamentation


27 Jul 2018

The Arts Council Collection’s new national touring exhibition, Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection, opens at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester on 21 September, before touring to venues in Exeter, Wakefield and Southampton. 

Criminal Ornamentation explores the cultural and social dimensions of the use of pattern in art. The exhibition title refers to Adolf Loos' 'Ornament and Crime...

Current Exhibitions

On Paper
13 Jan 2018 - 27 Apr 2019
Nature’s Presence
30 Mar 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
In My Shoes
30 Mar 2018 - 22 Sep 2019

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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.