Round 1 2016-19

Arts Council Collection: Round 1 2016-19

The first National Partners Programme gave galleries and museums in Liverpool, Birmingham and Eastbourne the opportunity to host the acclaimed Arts Council Collection as part of a diverse programme exhibitions taking place between 2016 and June 2019.

Round 1 partners: Towner Art Gallery, Birmingham Museums Trust and The Walker Art Gallery hosted 24 exhibitions over 3 years, alongside the Collection’s longstanding partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Highlights of the Round 1 exhibitions programme include: Walker Art Gallery’s Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity, a ground-breaking and vital exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act); Towner Art Gallery’s At Altitude exploring the enduring appeal of the aerial image; Women Power Protest at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery a celebration of the bold work of feminist artists and activists and Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Revolt & Revolutions, exploring some of the counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades.

 

Round 1 also saw the development of a number of artist-led projects, including exhibitions curated by Arts Council Collection artists: Rachel Maclean, Anne Hardy, Leo Fitzmaurice, Haroon Mirza, Rana Begum and Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid.

Learning and Engagement activity is at the heart of the National Partners Programme. Developing relationships with audiences on a national and local level to ensure the Arts Council Collection is enjoyed and appreciated as widely as possible.

We work collaboratively with our National Partners to develop a programme of public engagement aimed at opening up the Collection to audiences through activity in galleries, online and beyond.

Arts Council Collection: Round 1 2016-19
Arts Council Collection: Round 1 2016-19

Selected Exhibitions

At Altitude

From early aviation to drone surveillance, At Altitude explores how our experience of landscape, time and space has altered through elevated perspectives on the world.
Coming Out

A ground-breaking and vital exhibition which marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act).
Revolt & Revolutions

The works in this exhibition 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.
Women Power Protest

Marking a century since the first women won the right to vote, this exhibition celebrates female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity in their work.

Round 1 Exhibition Archive

Towner Art Gallery

Find out about the range of National Partner exhbitions hosted by Towner Art Gallery as part of Round 1 of the National Partners Programme.
Walker Art Gallery

Explore the exciting range of National Partner exhibitions produced as part of Round 1 of the National Partners Programme.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Explore the exciting range of National Partner exhibitions hosted by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as part of Round 1 of the National Partners Programme.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Explore the exciting range of National Partner exhibitions hosted by Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of Round 1 of the National Partners Programme.

Partners Projects

My Collection

My Collection invites audiences to join a national conversation about collecting in its many forms. Exhibition visitors, young and old, are encouraged to think about what collecting means to them and share their own collections and memories of collecting
Going Digital with the Over 75s

Birmingham Museum & Gallery’s Jon Sleigh reports on an ambitious engagement pilot project, which sees the gallery’s learning team working with local care homes to explore new opportunities for engaging older audiences.
Store to Tour

Explore a new series of short films produced to celebrate our National Partners Programme, showcasing exhibitions at each of the four partner museums and galleries.

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

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