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Rana Begum Curates the Arts Council Collection 

Rana Begum is guest curator of a new exhibition from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners Programme. Born in Sylhet, Bangladesh, in 1977 and now living in London where she studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Slade School, Begum has established an international practice creating immaculately conceived and constructed abstract installations, which challenge the distinction between two and three-dimensional practice, sculpture and painting. With an exceptional understanding of composition, form and colour, Begum will curate a unique selection from the 8,000 works held in the Arts Council Collection alongside work by exciting young artists active in the UK.

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An artist book will accompany the exhibition. 




An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition

Selected largely from the Arts Council Collection by YSP, as part of the National Partners Programme, this exhibition questions what we know and understand about architecture, and features work by artists including Martin Creed, Anya Gallaccio and Cornelia Parker.

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An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition

Can art help us to see things differently? This exhibition shows how artists in the past and present have used transparent materials, forms and ideas about transparency to explore how we see and experience the world.   

‘Transparency’ features sculpture, painting, photography and video by artists including Wolfgang Tillmans, Camilla Løw, Emily Speed, Christine Borland and Damien Hirst. It was originally conceived by Yorkshire Sculpture Park and was displayed there in 2016. The exhibition has been specially adapted for the Walker Art Gallery and features additional artworks and resources.


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Tread Softly

An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition 

Many of the works within Tread Softly exist in a place where fact and fiction blur and where fantasy melds with memory, affected by both time and distance. Negotiating and defining identity is a momentous journey, with early experiences leaving indelible marks on our characters, as fragile dreams are pitted against the sometimes painful ingress of the adult world.

Powerful works by Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry reveal how art was ultimately a salvation amidst difficult circumstances, Perry’s Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall Pot stating “I got out ‘coz I could paint”. Other works consider the way in which fragments of experience linger in the memory, like a perfume that triggers highly personal reminiscences.

Photographs by Fiona Crisp and Nigel Shafran recall family caravan holidays at the seaside and present the emotionally charged everyday objects left in a room by a departed father. Mary Kelly’s iconic Post-Partum Document and Mona Hatoum’s Measures of Distance also scrutinise the parent-child relationship, bringing intensely private and quietly moving moments that are often unseen and take place silently in the home, into the public gaze.

Tread Softly also features new commission Shame Chorus (2017) by Jordan McKenzie, a work originally conceived as a live performance that explores memory, sexuality, community and catharsis though collective action and singing. Renowned psychoanalyst Dr Susie Orbach conducted interviews with members of the London Gay Men's Chorus, exploring early, formative experiences of shame and coming out. Giving voice to often-internalised feelings, their stories were then set to music by leading musicians and composers (Billy Bragg, Leo Chadburn, Shane Cullinan, David McAlmont, Verity Susman and Jack White) and words with narrative texts by London-based writer Andy White.

Other artists featured in the exhibition are Vanley Burke, Tarik Chawdry, Saad Qureshi, Kathy Prendergast, Marion Coutts, Susan Hiller, Permindar Kaur, Bedwyr Williams, Dennis Morris and Jo Spence.

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The Arts Council Collection : Tread Softly

"Some art holds the door open and you can go in with your sensibility and your imagination and do something else that’s different. Some pieces feel complete and there’s no point in replying."
Jackie Kay on BBCR3 

27 July
Bothy Gallery, YSP
Join acclaimed poet and Scottish Makar Jackie Kay for a wonderful summer evening of words and poetry, written in response to works featured in Tread Softly. Jackie's poems are also available in a free printed pamphlet. 

BOOK TICKETS via the YSP website 


Further Information

> Please meet at YSP Centre 10 minutes before the start time

> The Bothy Gallery will open until 18.45

> Refreshments and light snacks will be available to purchase 

> Free parking is available

> Tickets for this event are non-refundable

Revolt & Revolutions

An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition

Creativity has long been associated with vanguard ideas: art and music can give a voice to the unheard, power to the vulnerable and celebrate the human capacity for positive action, even in adversity. 

The works in this exhibition, drawn primarily from the Arts Council Collection, give insight into some of the counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades alongside work by artists who seek to make a difference, helping to suggest ways that we might contribute to change on an individual, community and even global level. Works include Susan Philipsz’ version of the rousing anthem The Internationale (1999), broadcast across the Bothy Garden landscape and A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World (2003–) by Ruth Ewan which welcomes visitors into the gallery space.

Visitors are invited to share how they would change the world using #60SecondSoapBox

Visit the YSP site for more on Revolt & Revolutions and related events.

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Explore this Exhibition

Helen Pheby on Henry Moore

Helen Pheby, Senior Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park examines the work of Henry Moore whose Collection work, Helmet Head No.3, 1960 (pictured), will be on show as part of Revolt and Revolutions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club

Students from Nottingham Trent University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park to explore themes of protest in the National Partners exhibition, Revolt & Revolutions.
Store to Tour

Poet Matt Abbott explores Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s National Partners exhibition Revolts & Revolution as part of our Store to Tour film series.

Featured Works


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.