2010 - Flashback: Bridget Riley

Flashback: Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley is one of Britain's most respected artists, and has achieved international acclaim for her distinctive and optically vibrant paintings which generate sensations of movement, light and space. Flashback tracks her influential career from its sensational beginnings in the early 1960s to the powerful large-scale works of recent years. Eight paintings are complemented by thirty works on paper that illuminate her very different working methods over five decades. A seminal work in this show is Movement in Squares, which was acquired by the Arts Council Collection in 1962, the year after it was made. Riley credits this work as the beginning of her famous exploration of geometric form.

Flashback is a major new series of touring exhibitions from the Arts Council Collection. Taking as its starting point the Collection's founding principle of supporting emerging artists through the purchase of their work, the series showcases British artists of world renown whose works were acquired early on by the Collection.


Tour details

Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool (25 Sep - 13 Dec 2009)

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham (6 Feb - 23 May 2010)

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich (5 Jun - 5 Sep 2010)

Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton (17 Sep - 5 Dec 2010)




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.