Arts Council Collection: Explore

Venice Curator Interviews

A series of interviews with UK-based curators produced in collaboration with Art Fund as part of the Arts Council Collection Curators’ Day at Venice Biennale 2017.

Part 1: Eliza Gluckman, Curator of the New Hall Art Collection in Cambridge, talks about Phyllida Barlow's exhibition for the British Pavilion.

Part 2: Mary Griffiths from Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, talks about James Richards’ installation for Wales in Venice.

Part 3: Harriet Loffler from Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, talks about Rachel Maclean’s exhibition for Scotland + Venice.

Part 4: Phoebe Roberts, Curator of the Artangel Collection, talks about the Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Arts Council Collection: Explore




In our latest blog post, Emma Bearman reports from the recent Arts Council Collection Curators’ Day event, Engaging Families, and considers new ways of engaging family audiences in art galleries and museums.

Organised collaboratively with Yorkshire Sculpture Park the event explored the role of galleries and museums in developing relationships with families. Featuring talks from a range of gallery staff, artists and educators from around the UK.


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Store to Tour

Store to Tour is a new series of films produced to celebrate our National Partners Programme, which brings together four major galleries and museums to create collaborative exhibitions and events and providing a permanent home for ACC works between April 2016 and June 2019.

This film explores Anya Gallaccio’s can love remember the question and the answer (2003), a central work in Walker Art Gallery’s latest National Partners exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity (until 5 November).

The film looks at the installation process behind this unusual work, as well as how it fits into the wider exhibition, and featuring Laura Rooney, the Liverpool-based florist, tasked with sourcing 60 red Gerbera flowers for Gallaccio’s work.

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National Saturday Clubs Masterclass

This film documents the experience of Saturday Club participants as they discovered what it takes to make an exhibition happen from lighting and temperature control to theme selection.
Kaleidoscope: Sam Cornish Interview

Sam Cornish, co-curator of Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art, discusses some of the ideas and themes behind the first Arts Council Collection survey of 1960s British art in over twenty years.



The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With nearly 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyondThis website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.