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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Occasional Geometries

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National Partners Programme

15/07/17 - 29/10/17

Rana Begum is guest curator of a new exhibition from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners Programme. Born in Sylhet, Bangladesh, in 1977 and now living in London where she studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Slade School, Begum has established an international practice creating immaculately conceived and constructed abstract installations, which challenge the distinction between two and three-dimensional practice, sculpture and painting. With an exceptional understanding of composition, form and colour, Begum will curate a unique selection from the 8,000 works held in the Arts Council Collection alongside work by exciting young artists active in the UK. An artist book will accompany the exhibition.

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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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A Green and Pleasant Land

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National Partners Programme

30/09/17 - 21/01/18 
British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now

This major survey exhibition focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time.

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. 

Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

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ACC Touring Exhibition

05/10/17 – 09/12/17

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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Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life, Belief and Beyond

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Exhibition Loan

15/07/17 – 15/10/17

Modern Art Oxford presents Life, Belief and Beyond, the first posthumous exhibition of works by the highly acclaimed and influential artist Rose Finn-Kelcey (1945–2014). Life, Belief and Beyond focuses on Finn-Kelcey’s explorations of power, performance, political commentary, and perceptions of the self, belief and spirituality.

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David Hockney

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Exhibition Loan

21/06/17 – 23/10/17


In collaboration with London’s Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Centre Pompidou is to present the most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to the work of David Hockney. The exhibition celebrates the artist’s 80th birthday, retracing his entire career through more than 160 works (paintings, photographs, engravings, video installations, drawings and printed works), including his most iconic paintings (swimming pools, double portraits and monumental landscapes) and some of his most recent creations.


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Lines of Flight

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Exhibition Loan

26/07/17 - 28/10/17

This exhibition is part of a new collaboration between the School of Museum Studies’ MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies (AMAGS) and the Arts Council Collection.

The eight artists exhibited range from experimental pioneers of the 1960s to a generation who made their names in the 1990s. The works are all exceptional, but highlights include three rarely exhibited works by the celebrated Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, and a spotlight on American-born and London-resident artist Liliane Lijn, a pioneer of kinetic art. This spotlight on Lijn features additional works loaned to the students by the artist herself.

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Art Now: Simeon Barclay: The Hero Wears Clay Shoes

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Exhibition Loan

07/07/17 - 05/11/17

Simeon Barclay is a Leeds-based multimedia artist who seeks to understand how we identify and situate ourselves within culture and tradition. His work combines personal memories with appropriated images from advertisements, fashion magazines, sports journalism and the music industry. Barclay explores the cultural significance of these images and the ways in which they are used to both seduce and provoke, presenting a portrait of British society and popular culture.

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A Masked Ball

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Exhibition Loan

09/06/17 - 26/11/17

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Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War

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Exhibition Loan

23/06/17 – 01/01/18

Discover the art and story of Britain's original rebel artist in the largest UK retrospective of Wyndham Lewis' work to date. Marking one hundred years since Lewis was first commissioned as an official war artist in 1917, Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War will comprise more than 160 artworks, books, journals and pamphlets from major public and private, national and international collections and will be IWM's largest visual arts exhibition to date.

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Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi

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Exhibition Loan

23/06/17 – 07/01/18

A comprehensive overview of rare and never-before-seen great paintings and other works by Guyana-born British artist Frank Bowling. Born in Bartica in British Guiana in 1934, he left his homeland at nineteen, and in 1953 came to London in the wake of the great migrations of the English-speaking population of West India and the Caribbean after the Second World War. He studied painting at the Slade School, University College London and the Royal College of Art. In 1962, he was awarded the silver medal for painting, alongside David Hockney, who won the gold medal.

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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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Daughters of Penelope

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Exhibition Loan

20/07/17 – 20/01/18

The story of women’s work in both the textile industry and in textile art and tapestry is a complex one and the history of Dovecot intertwines with both. This exhibition will look at the work of key women weavers and artists who have contributed to Dovecot’s history and present. Some key pieces in tapestry will be shown alongside work by contemporary women artists who are exploring the history and cultural identity of women expressed in their work in textile.

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Paul Nash

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Exhibition Loan

9 Sep 2017 - 14 Jan 2018
With four and five star reviews including Guardian, The Times, Londonist and Time Out London, this exhibition of work by Paul Nash comes to the Laing Art Gallery from Tate Britain, London. The show features two ACC works Nest of Wild Stones and Night Landscape. 

John Armstrong: Dream & Reality

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Exhibition Loan

16 September - 18 November 2017 

This exhibition examines the diverse range of work produced over the lifetime of this intriguing artist. Although his paintings show the influence of Surrealism, Armstrong was never a Surrealist; instead he forged a very personal style that confronted conventional ideas and beliefs with a blend of ironic wit and personal symbolism.

Pioneers of Pop

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Exhibition Loan

07/10/17 - 20/01/18
A ground-breaking exhibition that will firmly – and correctly - position Newcastle as the birthplace of Pop Art.

Artist Film Programme - Theme Flight

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Exhibition Loan

14/10/17 - 24/11/17

In an ordinary apartment a surprising scenario is evolving in which the global and the personal are played off against each other and our concept of space is turned upside down.

Supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

Current Exhibitions

Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at the Walker Art Gallery

This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.
Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money

A powerful new exhibition selected by 2017 Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid MBE with ACC works.
Occasional Geometries at Longside Gallery

Rana Begum is guest curator of a new exhibition from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners Programme.
A Green and Pleasant Land British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now

An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition at Towner Art Gallery.
Kaleidoscope at Mead gallery

Kaleidoscope tours to Warwick examining 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Drawn from Life: People on Paper

This exhibition brings together some of the finest drawings in the Arts Council Collection with loans from the British Council Collection.
In My Shoes: Art and the Self since the 1990s

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.
On Paper at Gallery Oldham

Paper will become the subject of this exhibition, rather than the often overlooked support for drawings.

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