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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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Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

Hodgkin, Howard

Indian Room, from 5 Rooms

1968

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

Is it okay to be black?

Anderson, Hurvin

Is it okay to be black?

2016

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

60 Minutes Silence

Wearing, Gillian

60 Minutes Silence

1996

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Icon

Hepworth, Barbara

Icon

1957

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Baylham Mill

Bell, Graham

Baylham Mill

1940

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

Totality

Paterson, Katie

Totality

2015

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

Latest News

New Acquisitions Committee Members 18/19


17 Apr 2018

The Arts Council Collection is pleased to announce three new members of the 2018-2019 Acquisitions Committee. Charlotte Keenan, Curator of British Art at Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool; Fatoş Üstek, Director and Chief Curator at David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF); and Helen Nisbet, Curatorial Fellow at Cubitt in London, will join existing committee member, artist Anthea Hamilton. We are also delighted to welcome Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, as our new Chair to the 2018-2019 Committee.

Charlotte Keenan McDonald was appointed Curator of British Art at ...

Current Exhibitions

Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art
1 Apr 2017 - 3 Jun 2018
On Paper
13 Jan 2018 - 28 Apr 2019
We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun: Haroon Mirza Curates the Arts Council Collection
20 Jan 2018 - 3 Jun 2018

New Acquisitions

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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.