The Arts Council Collection is noted for the range and quality of its sculpture with over 800 three-dimensional works. It includes key pieces by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, Grayson Perry, Martin Creed and Rebecca Warren among many others reflecting the international significance of post-war British sculpture. In recognition of the growing importance and size of its holdings, the Arts Council Collection opened a Sculpture Centre at Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in 2003.
The Sculpture Centre is the result of a major renovation project undertaken by Tony Fretton Architects and funded by Arts Council England with the support of the Henry Moore Foundation. The Centre offers storage facilities and provides the space and resources to improve the care, conservation and outreach of the Collection. The Centre facilitates loans across the UK and abroad to ensure that sculpture in the Arts Council Collection is accessed as widely as possible.
Adjacent to the Centre is Longside Gallery - a unique space for exhibitions, offering panoramic views of Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) through its wall of windows. Longside Gallery is used on an alternating basis by YSP and the Arts Council Collection.
ACCESSING THE COLLECTION
There are various ways to access sculpture in the Arts Council Collection. You can search our collections online or you can visit Longside Gallery. Venues or individuals wishing to borrow sculpture from the Collection should contact us directly to discuss ideas and requirements. With prior arrangement, works can be taken out of storage for potential borrowers to view. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arts Council Collection is also committed to increasing access to its collections through various research initiatives. A range of events and seminars accompanies the exhibitions programme to encourage a new generation of scholars and curators to work with the sculpture collection. We have a study room with a growing selection of books and resources relating to sculpture which is available to individuals and students by prior appointment.