Long Loans

"The Arts University Bournemouth has been associated with the Arts Council Collection for more than a decade.  Throughout this time we have been able to access important works which have given students, staff and the wider public an opportunity to see parts of this unique collection of British art.  The collaboration with curatorial and professional staff at the Arts Council Collection has been of the highest order and I commend the service to others."
Professor  Stuart Bartholomew CBE
Principal and Vice‑Chancellor ​Arts University Bournemouth ​

In line with the Arts Council Collection mission to ensure modern and contemporary British art is enjoyed by as wide an audience as possible, the Long Loan scheme supports the loan of artworks to public institutions, including universities, colleges, libraries and hospitals as well as museums and galleries. Works are loaned for a period of between three and five years and the Arts Council Collection technical team support the delivery and installation. A fee for these loans is calculated based on the value and number of artworks requested.

Please note that as the Arts Council Collection prepares to move to a new state-of-the-art storage facility in Coventry, we currently have a loans moratorium in place until 2026.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to working with you in the near future. 

For further information, please contact: loans@southbankcentre.co.uk


Exhibition Loans

The Collection welcomes requests for loans from galleries and museums as part of their exhibition and display programmes.
Select Scheme

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

Download more information on the Long Loan process.

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.