What Lies Behind

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition

What Lies Behind is an exhibition featuring works from the Arts Council Collection selected by a core group of 10 participants, referred to the project through social prescribing initiatives in local GP practices. In a series of online meetings, the group chose pieces that reflected their personal responses to the pandemic and their hopes and dreams for the future.

What Lies Behind includes textiles, sculpture, installation, photography, prints, paintings, and collage by Chila Burman, Derrick Greaves, Nerys Johnson, Bryan Kneale, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Abigail Reynolds, William Roberts, Emma Talbot and Edward Weston.

The works reflect the breadth of the collection and date from throughout the Arts Council Collection’s 75-year-history. The earliest work dates from 1936 by Eric Weston and the most recent is by Abigail Reynold, made in 2021.

Presented alongside the loans from the Collection are works made by the group, who worked with artists, many of whom are represented in the Collection, to learn new creative skills and make work for the exhibition.

Newlyn Art Gallery's exhibition page.


About the Exhibition


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.