Borrowing from the Collection

For the next few years we are changing the way we lend...


We are preparing for our next chapter with exciting plans for a new Arts Council Collection store in Coventry. As the UK's major lender of modern and contemporary British art this will mean more opportunities for our art to be seen and loved both nationally and internationally.

Our capacity to lend works will be reduced until winter 2024 as we are moving our entire collection to a new store in Coventry. Please note that we currently have a loan moratorium in place during this period. This means that we are prioritising our collection move, but we will still consider new loan requests on a case by case basis.


For loan enquiries email

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 c/o Director, Arts Council Collection, at least six months in advance.

For loan enquires and to send your application please write to:

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.

Login/Sign up here

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.