Borrowing from the Collection

Arts Council Collection: Borrowing from the Collection

The Arts Council Collection is the principal source of modern and contemporary loans to museums and galleries across the UK.

From 2019 to 2020, the Arts Council Collection lent over one thousand artworks to exhibitions in the UK and internationally, which were seen by nearly 3 million visitors.

The Collection welcomes requests for loans from galleries and museums as part of their exhibition and display programmes. Loans to UK museums and galleries are usually free of charge. Formal applications for loans should be made in writing to the Director, Arts Council Collection, at least six months in advance.

To enquire about the availability of works, please contact:

Curators' Portal

Use our online Curators' Portal to create, save and download selections of artworks.

To use the Curators' Portal, simply:

1. Login or create an account using the link below.

2. Choose artworks by selecting ‘Add to My Collection’ from any of the 8,000+ artworks in the Collection.

3. You can use the Curators’ Portal to create and save multiple selections of works, as well as downloading lists.

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Arts Council Collection: Borrowing from the Collection
Long Loans

The Long Loan scheme provides loans to the museum and gallery sector and public institutions such as universities, charities and hospitals.
Select Scheme

The Select programme invites galleries and museums to select exhibitions and displays from the Arts Council Collection.

Works from the Collection are exhibited at our sculpture centre, Longside each year. Longside is a unique space for exhibitions, offering panoramic views of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.



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.