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The World We Live In: Art and the Urban Environment
A new touring exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography, and film that explores themes from urban development to migration and the relationship between inner cities and suburbia.

Loan Requests Moratorium
We are preparing for our next chapter with exciting plans for a new Arts Council Collection store in Coventry. During this period our capacity to lend works will be reduced.

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Spirit Jar

Perry, Grayson

Spirit Jar

1994

Regine

Warren, Rebecca

Regine

2007

Youth, Jarrow

Killip, Chris

Youth, Jarrow

1976

Sleeper

Unwin, Phoebe

Sleeper

2012

Nunhead

Hiorns, Roger

Nunhead

2004

Jym in the Studio

Auerbach, Frank

Jym in the Studio

1963

Hippy Dialectics

Mellors, Nathaniel

Hippy Dialectics

2010

Tropicalité, l'Île et l'Exote

Maheke, Paul

Tropicalité, l'Île et l'Exote

2014

untitled: dunce

Barlow, Phyllida

untitled: dunce

2015

+ and -

Hatoum, Mona

+ and -

1994

Helmet Head No.3

Moore, Henry

Helmet Head No.3

1960

Oh Hélène, J'erre en ma chambre (Oh Helen, I roam my room) Poemes et Planches - Jules Laforgue French Edition B

Caulfield, Patrick

Oh Hélène, J'erre en ma chambre (Oh Helen, I roam my room) Poemes et Planches - Jules Laforgue French Edition B

1973

Head VI

Bacon, Francis

Head VI

1949

Movement in Squares

Riley, Bridget

Movement in Squares

1961

Girl in a Green Dress

Freud, Lucian

Girl in a Green Dress

1954

The First Grand National

Gander, Ryan

The First Grand National

2003

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Hockney, David

We Two Boys Together Clinging

1961

Self Portrait with Fried Eggs (from Self Portraits series 1990-98)

Lucas, Sarah

Self Portrait with Fried Eggs (from Self Portraits series 1990-98)

1996

Gedser

Tillmans, Wolfgang

Gedser

2004

Loop

Organ, Margaret

Loop

1978

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

Burke, Vanley

Educational Outing from Handsworth from Inside series

1968

Figure in Blue

Johnson, Claudette

Figure in Blue

2018

Slow Movement

Caro, Anthony

Slow Movement

1965

BRIDGIT

Prodger, Charlotte

BRIDGIT

2016

Popcorn Shells

Ofili, Chris

Popcorn Shells

1995

Current Exhibitions

The Printed Line
6 Apr 2019 - 11 Dec 2022
Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945
29 May 2021 - 12 Mar 2023
The World We Live In: Art and the Urban Environment
5 Feb 2022 - 1 Jan 2023

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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.