Found Cities, Lost Objects

An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

A touring exhibition curated by Turner Prize-winning artist and cultural activist Lubaina Himid CBE explores modern city life from the perspective of women and gender non-conforming artists.

Encouraging visitors to view the city through the eyes of women and gender non-conforming artists, Found Cities, Lost Objects addresses themes ranging from safety and navigation to concepts of belonging and power. 

From billboards and advertising posters to public statues and monuments, cities today are saturated with idealised images of women. Together, these depictions communicate subconscious messages about how women and gender non-conforming individuals are valued, whether they are welcome, and how safe they might feel.

In Found Cities, Lost Objects, Himid brings together a group of works that address these themes, questioning our understanding of the urban environment and encouraging a rediscovery and reclaiming of our cities.

Artists featured include Lisa Milroy, Tai Shani, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Mona Hatoum, Cornelia Parker, susan pui san lok and Helen Cammock.



14 May - 4 September 2022
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

3 February - 6 May 2023
Southampton City Art Gallery

20 May - 14 August 2023

Bristol, Royal West of England Gallery

26 January 2024 - 21 April 2024

Leeds Art Gallery



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.