2002 - Words

The role of language in art was the focus of the exhibition, Words from the Arts Council Collection. It featureed works by 29 artists, ranging from the modern master Ben Nicholson and senior figures Gilbert & George and David Hockney, to the younger generation including Tracey Emin, Mona Hatoum and Martin Boyce. The Touring Exhibition, organised by the Hayward Gallery, has been selected from the Arts Council Collection in collaboration with Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, and  toured extensively around the UK.


Tour details

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (4th May – 20th Jul 2002)

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (27th Jul – 15th Sep 2002)

Aberystwyth Arts Centre (21st Sep – 10th Nov 2002)

York Art Gallery (16th Nov – 5th Jan 2003)

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston (11th Jan – 2nd Mar 2003)

Gallery Oldham (8th Mar – 27th Apr 2003)

The City Gallery, Leicester (10th May – 21st Jun 2003)



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.