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Arts Council Collection: How We Work

The Arts Council Collection supports and promotes British art and artists by acquiring their work at an early or critical stage in their career. With a focus on innovative work made by artists living in Britain, our acquisitions policy is characterised by a spirit of risk taking combined with an informed appraisal of current practice. 

This year's acquisitions include works by a number of early career artists including Emma Talbot, who was recently awarded the prestigious Max Mara Prize 2020. Several works acquired this year reflect on themes of climate change and the current rate of destruction of our environment, including works by Alberta Whittle and Grace Schwindt. The Collection has also acquired six works on paper by Clifton Wright following a visit to Intoart, a south London studio championing the work of artists with learning disabilities. Additionally, the estates of artists Edward Allington, Duncan Newton and Partou Zia generously gifted works to the Collection.

Works from the Collection – spanning video, photography, performance, installation, painting, computer animation and sculpture – are lent to galleries and public institutions throughout the country. 

Explore the full list of New Acquisitions 2019–20.

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Arts Council Collection: How We Work

 

 

The Arts Council Collection supports and promotes British art and artists by acquiring their work at an early or critical stage in their career. With a focus on innovative work made by artists living in Britain our acquisitions policy is characterised by a spirit of risk taking combined with an informed appraisal of current practice.

Each year, the Arts Council Collection acquires new work through an annual acquisitions process. In 2019–20, the Collection acquired 38 works by 21 artists. 

 

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Gifts & Bequests

In addition to works purchased through the annual acquisitions process, the Collection has also received gifts through donations made by artists and their estates.
Acquisitions Partners

The Arts Council Collection acknowledges the support of Art Fund and The Henry Moore Foundation.

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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.