Longside Gallery

The Arts Council Collection : Longside Gallery

Designed by Tony Fretton Architects, Longside Gallery is a unique space for sculpture, offering panoramic views of Yorkshire Sculpture Park through its glazed walls. The Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park share Longside Gallery for an alternating programme of innovative exhibitions.

Recent Arts Council Collection exhibitions at Longside Gallery include: Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council CollectionIn My Shoes: Art and the Self since the 1990s (2018), Kaleidoscope: Colour And Sequence In 1960s British Art (2017); Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander Curates The Arts Council Collection (2016); and Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986 (2015).

Between exhibitions, Longside Gallery is used for a range of educational and outreach activities and events.


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Previous Exhibitions

Criminal Ornamentation

Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection explores the cultural and social dimensions of the use of pattern in art.
In My Shoes

In My Shoes explores the ways in which artists based in the UK have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s.

Kaleidoscope examines 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens. The exhibition tours to Nottingham Warwick and Liverpool in 2017-18.
Night in the Museum

Curated by leading British artist Ryan Gander, this major touring exhibition offered a unique view of the Arts Council Collection in its seventieth anniversary year
KAWS - presented by YSP 2016

This was the first UK museum exhibition of work by the renowned American artist KAWS, whose wide ranging practice includes painting, sculpture, graphic design, toys and prints.
Making It - An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition 2015

The first survey of the young artists in the late 1970s and 1980s who shared a revived interest in the sculpted object, in materials, and in ideas around making. Including Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Cornelia Parker.
Caro in Yorkshire - Presented by YSP 2015

This major exhibition, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, celebrates and commemorates the extraordinary career of Sir Anthony Caro (1924–2013).
Garth Evans : Selected by Richard Deacon

This exhibition, which presents the Arts Council Collection’s significant holdings alongside key loans from the artist and UK collections, has been selected by his friend and former student, Richard Deacon

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Seizure by Roger Hiorns

“Destined to be remembered as one of the truly worthwhile and significant moments of modern British art” (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian)



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.