Exhibitions at Longside Gallery

Arts Council Collection: Exhibitions at Longside Gallery

Designed by Tony Fretton Architects, Longside Gallery is a unique space for sculpture, offering panoramic views of Yorkshire Sculpture Park through its glazed walls. The Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park share Longside Gallery for an alternating programme of innovative exhibitions.

Recent Arts Council Collection exhibitions at Longside Gallery include: Kaleidoscope: Colour And Sequence In 1960s British Art (2017); Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander Curates The Arts Council Collection (2016); and Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986 (2015).

Between exhibitions, Longside Gallery is used for a range of educational and outreach activities and events.

Currently at Longside Gallery

Occasional Geometries
Rana Begum Curates the Arts Council Collection
15 July 2017 - 29 October 2017

YSP presents Occasional Geometries, an exhibition selected largely from the Arts Council Collection by Bangladeshi-born artist and guest curator Rana Begum. Begum has established an internationally respected practice creating immaculately conceived and constructed abstract installations that challenge the distinction between two and three-dimensional practice, sculpture and painting.

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Arts Council Collection: Exhibitions at Longside Gallery

Upcoming at Longside Gallery

In My Shoes
Art and the Self since the 1990s

An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition
30 March - 17 June 2018

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.

In My Shoes explores the ways in which artists based in the UK have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s. Encompassing a range of media including film, photography and sculpture, In My Shoes draws primarily from the Arts Council Collection, with key loans from other UK collections, to investigate these dynamic approaches.


Arts Council Collection: Exhibitions at Longside Gallery

Past Exhibitions at Longside Gallery

Kaleidoscope - An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition 2017

Kaleidoscope examines 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens. The exhibition tours to Nottingham Warwick and Liverpool in 2017-18.
Night in the Museum - An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition 2016

Curated by leading British artist Ryan Gander, this major touring exhibition offered a unique view of the Arts Council Collection in its seventieth anniversary year
KAWS - presented by YSP 2016

This was the first UK museum exhibition of work by the renowned American artist KAWS, whose wide ranging practice includes painting, sculpture, graphic design, toys and prints.
Making It - An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition 2015

The first survey of the young artists in the late 1970s and 1980s who shared a revived interest in the sculpted object, in materials, and in ideas around making. Including Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Cornelia Parker.
Caro in Yorkshire - Presented by YSP 2015

This major exhibition, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, celebrates and commemorates the extraordinary career of Sir Anthony Caro (1924–2013).
Garth Evans : An Arts Council Collection exhibition selected by Richard Deacon 2013

This exhibition, which presents the Arts Council Collection’s significant holdings alongside key loans from the artist and UK collections, has been selected by his friend and former student, Richard Deacon
Lucy + Jorge Orta presented by YSP 2013

This important exhibition of new and critically acclaimed work by Lucy + Jorge Orta revolved around the theme of water, which is central to the Ortas’ practice.

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During exhibition times a free minibus shuttle service is in operation between YSP Centre and Longside Gallery.
Kaleidoscope: Colour And Sequence In 1960s British Art

Bringing together outstanding examples of painting and sculpture from our Collection and major UK collections, Kaleidoscope examines 1960s visual art through a fresh lens
Seizure by Roger Hiorns

“Destined to be remembered as one of the truly worthwhile and significant moments of modern British art” (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian)



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