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The Arts Council Collection : Discover the Collection

The Arts Council Collection is a rich resource for teaching, learning and engagement both in the gallery and online.

Our regular programme of digital content aims to offer online audiences a chance to learn about and enjoy the Collection, as well as support greater understanding of Arts Council Collection activity across a wide range of projects.

Discover more about the artworks and artists held in the Collection in our monthly artist profiles, watch short films, read blogs about current projects including our ongoing Curators' Days series, explore our archive of accessible learning resources developed in collaboration with learning professionals or browse a selection of beautiful and inspiring publications drawing on the rich body of work represented by the Collection

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Recent Content

Field for the British Isles

In our latest film, Antony Gormley reflects on the creation of the iconic work, Field for the British Isles, made with 100 volunteers at a school in St Helens in 1993.
An Introduction to Printmaking

Learn more about the principle printmaking techniques via key works in Collection with our latest new film, produced to accompany current touring exhibition, The Printed Line.
Curating Super Black

Led by people from Essex’s black community, the exhibition Super Black presents artworks from the Collection exploring the complex questions of identity and the experiences of black people living in Britain today.
Conservators' View

Conservator Rachel Carey-Thomas discusses Bridget Riley’s seminal Arts Council Collection work, Movement in Squares, 1961, revealing the intricate processes and methodical approach involved in cleaning this iconic painting.
Criminal Ornamentation: Virtual Walkthrough

Discover the touring exhibition, Criminal Ornamentation, with the virtual walkthrough of our Longside Gallery, zooming in on individual pieces far closer than possible in real life.


On Paper

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.
Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence...

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, including Robyn Denny, Tess Jaray, Phillip King, Kim Lim and Jeremy Moon.
A Century of Prints in Britain

Showcasing over 200 highlights from the Arts Council Collection, A Century of Prints in Britain explores the radical transformations that have shaped British printmaking throughout the twentieth century to today.
Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles

25 years after its first showing, Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles offers an invigorating new perspective on this seminal and much-loved work of twentieth-century British art.

Explore Content

Artists of the Month

Learn more about a different artist in the Collection each month.

Read articles that cover special insights into Arts Council Collection works, exhibitions and National Partners Programme.
Learning Resources

Find education information packs on Arts Council Collection exhibitions.
Artist Interviews

Watch interviews with artists in the Collection such as Cornelia Parker, Antony Gormley and Yinka Shonibare.
Curators' Days

Join curators from galleries across the UK on free informal forums for networking, learning and sharing.



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.