On Paper

13 January 2018 - 30 November 2019

On Paper is a new Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition - touring the UK in 2018. 

Paper will become the subject of this exhibition, rather than the often overlooked support for drawings. Artists have used paper to construct three-dimensional objects as diverse as Karla Black’s delicate and sensuous hanging structures made from sugar paper, hair gel and chalk, Lesley Foxcroft’s two-tone corrugated bricks, Gareth Jones’ cloakroom ticket cape and Art and Language’s jig-saw. Also considered will be works on paper which have been burnt, torn and cut by artists such as Roger Ackling, Cornelia Parker, Tim Davies and Simon Periton.

Collage is perhaps the most obvious form of cut paper work and the show will include a small group of collages by Roland Penrose, Eduardo Paolozzi, John Stezaker and Tony Swain, as well as paper works which have been rubbed, folded and embossed by artists such as James Richards, Anna Barriball, Wolfgang Tillmans and Langlands & Bell.

For some artists, the choice of a particular paper was an important consideration, and these include graph paper (Bridget Riley, Kenneth Martin), headed paper (Jason Coburn), an old envelope (Margaret Mellis), ordnance survey map (Tony Carter), blotting paper (Eleanor Wood) and corrugated card (Prunella Clough). Finally, a small group of artists have drawn paper itself in the form of theatre tickets, books and cards (Derek Boshier, Tania Kovats and Kate Davis).

This exhibition will also include a number of loans from the British Council Collection.


Please note: not all works will be shown at all venues.


Perth Museum and Art Gallery
13 January - 3 March 2018

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
26 May - 14 July 2018

Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham
28 July  - 22 September 2018

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
29 September - 25 November 2018

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
1 December 2018 - 17 February 2019

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
23 February - 18 May 2019

Gallery Oldham, Oldham
5 October - 30 November 2019


Explore this Exhibition

On Paper Education Pack

The On Paper education pack has been written by teachers to inspire ideas and ways of working with the exhibition.
On Paper Poetry Commission

Poet Joey Connolly was commissioned to produce two new poems in response to On Paper. A Series of Imagined Acts (2017) takes as its starting point Cornelia Parker's ACC work, Meteorite Lands on Wormwood Scrubs.
On Paper Exhibition Catalogue

Including an original text by writer Ian Sansom, On Paper offers a new perspective on a common material, displaying some of the most creative applications of the medium.

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