Touring Exhibitions

The Arts Council Collection : Touring Exhibitions

New touring exhibitions from the Collection are launched each year and travel throughout the country. Varying from solo shows to thematic and artist-curated exhibitions to film programmes, they enable the Collection to collaborate with most of the UK's museums and galleries.


Recent Touring Exhibitions

The Printed Line

This exhibition explores how artists have used a variety of printmaking techniques to exploit the potential of the printed line since the beginning of the 20th century up to the present day.
Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Comprising six large tapestries, The Vanity of Small Differences tells the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. Inspired by William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress.
Breaking the Mould

This major new touring exhibition challenges the male-dominated narratives of post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse and significant range of ambitious work by women.

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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.