Exhibitions

Roger Hiorns Seizure

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Sculpture at Longside

Open weekends and school holidays

Faced with the demolition of the South London housing block in which it was originally situated in early 2011, Seizure was acquired by the Arts Council Collection, thanks to a gift by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Art Fund, with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation.

The work, weighing over 31 tonnes, was successfully extracted from the property in February 2011, following meticulous planning which saw one wall of the flat removed before the whole structure was pulled out and subsequently transported to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where it is presented within a new concrete structure commissioned from Adam Khan Architects.

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We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun: Haroon Mirza Curates the Arts Council Collection

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National Partners Programme

Curated by internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza from the Arts Council CollectionWe stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun, presents works from the Collection alongside new works made by Mirza for the exhibition.

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Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

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ACC Touring Exhibition

British art of the 1960s is noted for its bold, artificial colour, alluring surfaces and capricious shapes and forms, yet these exuberant qualities are often underpinned by a strong sense of order, founded on repetition, sequence and symmetry. Bringing together outstanding examples of painting and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection and other major UK collections, Kaleidoscope examines 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens, bringing into view the relationship between colour and form, rationality and irrationality, order and waywardness.

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On Paper

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ACC Touring Exhibition

Paper will become the subject of this exhibition, rather than the often overlooked support for drawings. Artists have used paper to construct three-dimensional objects as diverse as Karla Black’s delicate and sensuous hanging structures made from sugar paper, hair gel and chalk, Lesley Foxcroft’s two-tone corrugated bricks, Gareth Jones’ cloakroom ticket cape and Art and Language’s jig-saw. Also considered will be works on paper which have been burnt, torn and cut by artists such as Roger Ackling, Cornelia Parker, Tim Davies and Simon Periton.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
26 May - 14 July 2018

Tŷ Pawb
28 July  - 22 September 2018

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
29 September - 25 November 2018

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
1 December 2018 - 17 February 2019

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
23 February - 27 April 2019

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In My Shoes

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ACC Touring Exhibition

Self-portraiture maintains an enduring presence throughout art history; in recent years artists have revolutionised and extended the genre by incorporating action, performance, narrative and explorations of identity.

Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
30 March – 17 June 2018

Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester
7 July - 2 September 2018

PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon
6 October 2018 - 6 January 2019

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University
19 January - 12 May 2019

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck
6 July - 22 September 2019

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Grayson Perry, The Vanity of Small Differences

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ACC Touring Exhibition

The Vanity of Small Differences tells the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. Inspired by William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress the six tapestries, measuring 2m x 4m each, chart the 'class journey' made by young Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds for the television series 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry'. The television programmes were first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012. In the series Perry goes on 'a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain', to gather inspiration for his artwork, literally weaving the characters he meets into a narrative, with an attention to the minutiae of contemporary taste every bit as acute as that in Hogarth's 18th century paintings.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
31 March - 24 June 2018

20 21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
7 July - 8 September 2018

The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
27 September - 15 December 2018

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John Piper's Brighton Aquatints

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Exhibition Loan

12/12/2017 - 3/06/18 

The significance of John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints book – published just after the outbreak of war in November 1939 – in his artistic development is widely recognised, but has never before been explored in detail. See them now at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. 

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Current Exhibitions

Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money

A powerful new exhibition selected by 2017 Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid MBE with ACC works.
Kaleidoscope at Walker Art Gallery

Kaleidoscope tours to Warwick examining 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens.
On Paper at Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Paper will become the subject of this exhibition, rather than the often overlooked support for drawings.
Coming Out Sexuality, Gender & Identity at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.
Revolt & Revolutions

Revolt & Revolutions gives insight into some of the counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades alongside work by artists who seek to suggest ways that we might contribute to change on an individual, community and even global level.
We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun: Haroon Mirza Curates the Arts Council Collection

Curated by internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza from the Arts Council Collection, We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun, presents works from the Collection alongside new works made by Mirza for the exhibition.

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