Arts Council Collection


2011 - Transmitter/Receiver: The Persistence of Collage

© the artist. John Stezaker, Mask LXIV, 2007

Transmitter/Receiver: The Persistence of Collage

Tullie House, Carlisle
9 Mar - 12 May 2013
The exhibition traces some of the uses of collage in British art from the influences of the Parisian avant-garde in the early work of Ben Nicholson and Surrealists Eileen Agar and Roland Penrose through to present day practitioners.   
All the works in the exhibition are drawn from the Arts Council Collection.  Artists include: Eileen Agar, David Batchelor, Ian Breakwell, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Steve Claydon, Richard Hamilton, Margaret Harrison, Susan Hiller, Idris Khan, Laurence Kavanagh, Linder, Ben Nicholson, Chris Ofili, Eduardo Paolozzi, Roland Penrose, Grayson Perry, Jo Spence, John Stezaker, Tony Swain and Mark Titchner.
Tour details
mima, Middlesbrough (22 Jul - 6 Nov 2011)
The Lightbox, Woking (18 Jan 2012 - 25 Mar 2012)
The New Art Gallery, Walsall (4 May - 30 Jun 2012)
Usher Gallery, Lincoln (4 Aug - 7 Oct 2012)
Aberystwyth Arts Centre (17 Nov - 26 Jan 2013)
Tullie House, Carlisle (9 Mar - 12 May 2013)

Installation views at mima. Photography by Thierry Bal


Installation view The Lightbox, Woking


Installation Views The New Art Gallery, Walsall


Installation Views Usher Gallery, Lincoln



"We were very excited about the opportunity of working with pieces from the Arts Council Collection. Initially we got a group of students from different year groups together to look at different artists work and discuss ideas around these and possible responses. We discussed visual communication and how communication has developed and changed over time. We then worked on a photographic and collage project as a group, exploring, experimenting and enjoying the concepts and processes. Students really got to learn from each other, the artist’s work and all about what the Arts Council do and what the collection is about and for. It was a fantastic experience for all and the students showed real commitment to completing their individual pieces to a high standard that was in many cases deeply personalised." Sue Mulholland - teacher


 “My work explores the idea of communication as waves of energy and light. These surreal photos suggest words can be like jewels shared amongst us” Rosie Yr 12


 “What I most enjoyed about Arts Council Club was the opportunity for discussion and working in teams. We had a lot of fun learning new photographic and painting techniques”. Vanessa Yr  8


“I loved creating my collage, getting to show lots of different ideas about my own identity and the world we live in”. Cheryl Yr 9


“Sometimes we can totally overload with the amount of images and ways we can communicate, my piece explores these ideas”. Chloe Yr 10