Found Cities, Lost Objects: Women in the City

14 May 2022 - 6 May 2023

An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

A new touring exhibition curated by Turner Prize-winning artist and cultural activist Lubaina Himid CBE explores modern city life from a female perspective.

Encouraging visitors to view the city through a woman’s eyes, 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 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



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.