Store to Tour

Store to Tour is a new series of short films produced to celebrate our National Partners Programme, showcasing key exhibitions at each of the four partner museums and galleries: the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; and the Birmingham Museums Trust.

Each film takes a work from the Arts Council Collection as a starting point to explore the staging of key partner exhibitions and bring in voices from beyond the institutions to offer fresh perspectives on the works in question.

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Part 1: Walker Art Gallery

Anya Gallaccio’s Arts Council Collection work, can love remember the question and the answer (2003), provides the starting point for the first film in the Store to Tour series, exploring Walker Art Gallery's major exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity.

Coming Out, which was first shown at Walker Art Gallery in 2017 before touring to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, is a ground-breaking and vital exhibition, programmed to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act).

This film looks at the installation process behind Gallaccio’s unique work, as well as how it fits into the wider exhibition, and features contributions from Laura Rooney, the Liverpool-based florist tasked with sourcing 60 red Gerbera flowers required for the installation.

Part 2: Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Steve Johnston’s Arts Council Collection work, Punk Portraits (1977), provide inspiration for a series of new poetry commissions by Wakefield-born performance poet Matt Abbott.

Steve Johnston’s series of photographs are a key work in Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Revolt & Revolutions, an exhibition exploring counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades, alongside work by artists who seek to make a difference.

Abbott was commissioned to develop new poetry in response to the artwork and themes in the exhibition. This film documents the poet’s response to the commission alongside contributions from Yorkshire Sculpture Park Senior Curator, Helen Pheby and Family Learning Coordinator, Emma Spencer.

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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.