Exhibitions

On Form

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26/01/18 - 22/03/18

A phenomenal display of artworks by internationally acclaimed artists. Showcasing sculpture, print, painting and drawing dating from the 50's to present day, the works represent prominent figures in modern and contemporary art. Artworks have been selected from the Arts Council Collection, and have been complemented by artworks from Vivacity's Ealand & Warwick Bequest, a personal selection of artworks brought together by Tom Ealand and Richard Warwick.

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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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Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender, Identity

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National Partners Programme

02/10/17 - 15/04/18

Coming Out tours to Birmingham from the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act) with a major exhibition drawn from the Arts Council Collection and its own collections.

Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity will bring together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967.The exhibition will reveal the findings of over two years of research by the Gallery into LGBT history, visual culture, its collection and the Arts Council Collection, revealing hidden queer histories and institutional blind spots that will be addressed through the exhibition’s programme of events and performances. 

The exhibition will include artists David Hockney, Steve McQueen, LINDER, James Richards and Sarah Lucas among others, as well as new acquisitions to the Walker’s collection, generously funded by the Art Fund New Collecting Award scheme.

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Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money

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National Partners Programme

07/11/17 - 18/03/18

A powerful new exhibition by 2017 Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid MBE, Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money features works selected by Lubaina from the Arts Council Collection, along with 20 figures from her major installation, Naming the Money. 

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Revolt & Revolutions

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National Partners Programme

06/01/18 - 15/04/18

Creativity has long been associated with vanguard ideas: art and music can give a voice to the unheard, power to the vulnerable and celebrate the human capacity for positive action, even in adversity. 

The works in this exhibition, drawn primarily from the Arts Council Collection, give insight into some of the counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades alongside work by artists who seek to make a difference, helping to suggest ways that we might contribute to change on an individual, community and even global level. Works include Susan Philipsz’ version of the rousing anthem The Internationale (1999), broadcast across the Bothy Garden landscape and A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World (2003–) by Ruth Ewan which welcomes visitors into the gallery space. 

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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

20/01/18 - 08/04/18

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.

Often taking the role of composer, Mirza creates atmospheric environments through the linking together of art works often using light, sound, music and elements of architecture. For this new exhibition modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, installation, and film and video works are brought together to explore how our experience of the present is influenced by the juxtaposition between the archaic, or the obsolete, and an imagined future.

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On Paper

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ACC Touring Exhibition

13/01/18 - 11/03/18

On Paper is a new Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition - touring the UK in 2018.

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 AcklingCornelia ParkerTim Davies and Simon Periton.

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Grayson Perry, The Vanity of Small Differences

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ACC Touring Exhibition

18/01/18 - 19/03/18

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.

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Why Look at Animals

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Exhibition Loan

20/05/17 – 11/03/18

This exhibition looks at our relationship with animals. John Berger argued in his 1977 essay Why Look At Animals?, that humanity has lost its contact with nature since moving into town and cities. We now tend to think of animals only as Zoo creatures, pets or food source. Artists from the early Victorian period to the present day have been aware of this change in perception and this exhibition presents a wide range of responses.

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PAUL NASH AND THE UNCANNY LANDSCAPE: AN EXHIBITION CURATED BY JOHN STEZAKER

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Exhibition Loan

20/10/17 - 15/04/2018

Paul Nash’s groundbreaking inter-war landscapes which transformed the genre of British landscape painting feature in this new exhibition curated by John Stezaker at York Art Gallery.

The violent upheaval of the pastoral and romantic landscape caused by the First World War had a significant effect on Nash and his work that followed reflected this.

In this unique exhibition, Stezaker considers how Nash and his contemporaries portrayed an estranged sense of unreality focused on the representation of the everyday world.

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Cathy Wilkes

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Exhibition Loan

22/10/17 - 11/03/18

MoMA PS1 presents the first monographic exhibition of Cathy Wilkes (Irish, b. 1966) in New York. The largest exhibition of the artist’s work to date, Cathy Wilkes features approximately 50 works from public and private collections throughout Europe and North America as well as new pieces created for the show, offering a broad view of Wilkes’s work since 2004. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with Wilkes’s receipt of the first Maria Lassnig Prize, awarded by the Maria Lassnig Foundation in 2016.

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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RASHEED ARAEEN A Retrospective

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Exhibition Loan

02/12/2017 - 25/03/2018

The exhibition, spanning 60 years of work, presents a body of work that has had a profound influence on generations of artists, writers and thinkers. The first comprehensive survey of the artist.

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Darbyshire, Gander, Pica, Starling

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Exhibition Loan

25/01/18 - 09/04/18

The first exhibition in Hayward Gallery's newly reopened HENI Project Space features four recent sculptural acquisitions from the Arts Council Collection by Matthew Darbyshire, Ryan Gander, Amalia Pica and Simon Starling.

These newly acquired sculptural works – some of which are exhibited in London for the first time – are concerned in different ways with action and transformation, whether it's a sculpture used to navigate troubled waters, a new form created from once-functional objects, a radically updated version of a classical work, or simply a body at rest.

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Modern Art and St Ives

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Exhibition Loan

For the first time, Tate will be able to dedicate spaces to exploring the history of modern art in St Ives, giving key artists a permanent presence in the town where they lived and worked. This new display will follow those artists across the 20th century, revealing their relationships to international art histories. From the unique perspective of St Ives, visitors will be able to bridge geographical and chronological boundaries and discover new connections through familiar artists.

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David Haughton in St Just

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Exhibition Loan

13/01/18 - 17/03/18

David Haughton (1924 - 1991) moved to West Cornwall in 1948 after dropping out of the Slade School of Art. He soon joined the ranks of the St Ives modernists, becoming a member of the avant-garde Crypt Group, the Penwith Society and the St Ives Society of Artists. While out on a bicycle ride with his friend and fellow artist Kit Barker, Haughton came across St Just, the compact mining town situated on the moors between Penzance and St Ives. He later described the encounter as both a magical experience and a turning point in his life. This exhibition of prints, drawings and paintings shows his lifetime love affair with St Just. 

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Wilderness

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Exhibition Loan

02/02/18 - 06/05/18

As part of a season of exhibitions exploring the theme of wilderness, The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present paintings, drawings, photographs and film works by a group of artists whose works engage with the natural world and our innate need for solitude, peace and open space. From barren high-altitude salt deserts and snow-blanketed mountain tops to environments in transition such as coastlines and volcanoes, the artists bring into view the truly wild places on our planet. Film works by Ben Rivers and Esther Johnson focus on marginal individuals who have chosen to move away from society, living precarious existences in remote places where nature rules.

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From The Land - Henry Moore, Ewen Henderson & Other Artists

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Exhibition Loan

10/02/18 - 07/05/18

This exhibition takes as its starting point the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, which gave the common man rights to glean from royal land.

The process of collecting from the land is key to the work of the lead artists in the show: the celebrated British sculptor, Henry Moore and innovative ceramic artist Ewen Henderson. Both artists used the land as a source of inspiration and physical material for their sculptural work.

Sculpture and drawings by Moore will be displayed alongside work by Henderson and fifteen other artists including Paul Nash, John Piper and Evelyn Gibbs which distort the perceived pastoral nature of British landscape.

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Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’

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Exhibition Loan

03/02/18 - 07/05/18

Journeys with 'The Waste Land' is a major exhibition exploring the significance of T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land through the visual arts.

In 1921, T.S. Eliot spent a few weeks in Margate at a crucial moment in his career. He arrived in a fragile state, physically and mentally, and worked on The Waste Land sitting in the Nayland Rock shelter on Margate Sands.

Presenting over 60 artists, and almost 100 objects, the exhibition includes works by Fiona Banner, Cecil Collins, Tacita Dean, Elisabeth Frink, Patrick Heron, Edward Hopper, Barbara Kruger, Helen Marten, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Jane and Louise Wilson, Paula Rego, John Smith and JMW Turner. The exhibition explores how contemporary and historical art can enable us to reflect on the poem’s shifting flow of diverse voices, references, characters and places.

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FF Gaiden: Delete

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Exhibition Loan

03/02/18 - 31/03/18

On a residency At Praksis in Oslo, Norway, the artists David Blandy & Larry Achiampong worked with paperless migrants to the city, in the production of a film that subverted the computer game Grand Theft Auto V. 
The artists worked with individual members from the organisation Mennisker i Limbo (People in Limbo) to develop written scripts, synthetic voice-overs and character avatars, creating a complex tapestry of stories of identity and migration, cultural history and social change.

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Peter Lanyon: Cornwall Inside Out

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Exhibition Loan

09/02/18 - 16/03/18

‘Peter Lanyon: Cornwall Inside Out’ opens on the exact centenary of the painter’s birth and marks the publication of the first catalogue raisonné of his work. It brings together a group of Lanyon’s Cornish paintings from major private and public collections. This centenary exhibition is curated by art historian Toby Treves, a leading expert on Lanyon and coincides with the publication of his catalogue raisonné on the artist.

Treves has concentrated on Lanyon’s Cornish landscape paintings in this exhibition because these works form a central part of artist’s oeuvre, have not been the subject of an exhibition in London for many decades. Indeed some have never been exhibited in the United Kingdom.

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Sean Scully: 1970

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Exhibition Loan

10/02/18 - 28/05/18

A major retrospective presented across the Hatton Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery. 

Sean Scully is renowned globally as the master of post-minimalist abstraction and began to develop his iconic style whilst studying Fine Art at Newcastle University from 1968-1971. 

This major retrospective exhibition revisits two seminal sites in his career: Newcastle and Liverpool, and demonstrates the remarkable confidence of Scully’s earlier works and his continued fascination with stripes and the spaces in between. 

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Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form

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Exhibition Loan

09/02/18 - 03/06/18

Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form will celebrate the work of one of the country’s most renowned sculptors. During the course of the 20th century Barbara Hepworth played a vital role in the development of British Modernism, leading to the creation of her most recognisable style.

Featuring a unique selection of works on display from collections around the country including Tate, National Portrait Gallery and the Arts Council Collection, the exhibition will explore the development of Hepworth’s sculpture and her lifelong preoccupation with forms from the 1930s to the 1960s. This will be the first time that works by Hepworth have been exhibited in Henley on Thames.

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Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works

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Exhibition Loan

16/02/18 - 03/06/18

Solid Light Works will be the first major UK exhibition of artist Anthony McCall’s work in over a decade. It will explore all facets of his work and will include the UK premieres of three ‘solid light’ installations.

McCall describes his practice as existing in the space where cinema, sculpture and drawing overlap. He is best known for his large-scale, immersive sculptural light installations that incorporate the visitor and invite them to become active participants in the work.

The exhibition will also highlight the importance of drawing to McCall and the meticulous planning that goes into each installation.

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Alison Wilding

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Exhibition Loan

16/02/18 - 12/08/18

Turner Prize nominee and Royal Academician Alison Wilding presents works spanning the past 20 years of her career. This new show at the Whitworth will comprise of three major sculptures, including one, Disposition, from her 1998 series of 16 scenes from The Passion of Christ, gifted to the Arts Council Collection in 2006.

Additionally the exhibition will present for the first time In a Dark Wood, a sculpture created in 2012 but never previously shown and Largo, 2002. She will also create a new iteration of recent work, Reversing, 2017, a hand-printed wallpaper that reworks William Morris’Acanthus motif asymmetrically, fixing it visually and physically to the wall with a sharp-edged brass sculpture.  

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Bomberg

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Exhibition Loan

17/02/18 - 28/05/18

Despite scandalous critical neglect within his own lifetime, David Bomberg (1890 – 1957) is nowadays recognized as one of the 20th century’s leading British artists. This major reassessment of his life and career is the first full Bomberg exhibition for more than a decade, and marks the 60th anniversary of the artist’s death.

The exhibition examines all the major phases of Bomberg’s career, including his audacious early contribution to pre-war British modernism, his unhappy role as a commissioned war artist in both world wars, his masterly landscapes in Jerusalem and Spain in the 1920s and 30s, his penetrating self-portraiture and portraiture of friends and family and his astonishing mature achievements as a landscape painter.

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ALL TOO HUMAN BACON, FREUD AND A CENTURY OF PAINTING LIFE

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Exhibition Loan

28/02/18 - 27/08/18

All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.

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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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