Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

British art of the 1960s is noted for its bold, artificial colour, alluring surfaces and capricious shapes and forms, yet these exuberant qualities are often underpinned by a strong sense of order, founded on repetition, sequence and symmetry. Bringing together outstanding examples of painting and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection and other major UK collections, Kaleidoscope examines 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens, bringing into view the relationship between colour and form, rationality and irrationality, order and waywardness.

As the first Arts Council Collection survey of 1960s British art in over twenty years, Kaleidoscope assumes a wide angle, looking across media and movements to find fresh correspondences. From this perspective, the mind-bending surfaces of Op Art, the flattened repetition of Pop, the mathematical order of Constructivism, and the sequential placement of brightly-coloured abstract units found in New Generation sculpture find a common language shaped by sequence and symmetry.

Kaleidoscope represents the work of over twenty artists including: David Annesley, Anthony Caro, Robyn Denny, Tess Jaray, Phillip King, Kim Lim, Mary Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bridget Riley, Tim Scott, Richard Smith, William Tucker and William Turnbull


DOWNLOAD the Kaleidescope Education Pack written by teachers to inspire ideas and ways of working with the exhibition.


Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
1 April – 18 June 2017

Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
15 July – 24 September 2017

Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick
5 October – 9 December 2017

Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool
24 February – 3 June 2018



Explore this Exhibition


Sam Cornish, co-curator of Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art, discusses some of the ideas and themes behind the first Arts Council Collection survey of 1960s British art in over twenty years.

Below (left): Artist John Dee talks about his 1966 work Revelation, reflecting on the ideas and processes behind the work as well as his time as a student at the Slade.

Below (right): Artist Tess Jaray discusses her painting, St. Stephen's Way, 1964, as well as reflecting on her artistic career and the influence of Italian architecture and Islamic art in her work.

Works in Focus

Bridget Riley

Movement in Squares, 1962
Anthony Caro

Slow Movement, 1965
Tim Scott

Quinquereme, 1966
Joe Tilson

Zikkurat, 1967
Tess Jaray

St. Stephen's Way, 1964

Find Out More

Kaleidoscope Education Pack

Learn more about some of the ideas and themes behind the first Arts Council Collection survey of 1960s British art in over twenty years.
Kaleidoscope Teachers' Day

Watch a short film about our Teachers’ Day programmed alongside Kaleidoscope at Longside Gallery in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Kaleidoscope Exhibition Catalogue

With an introductory text by curator Natalie Rudd and an in-depth new essay by curator and writer Sam Cornish, this compact publication presents the work of over 20 artists.
Kaleidoscope Gallery Guide

Download the Kaleidoscope gallery guide featuring information on each of the 25 artists included in the exhibition in a handy printable format.

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