New Acquisitions 2019–21: Poster Publication

27 August 2021

In celebration of our 75th anniversary year, we are delighted to present a new poster publication featuring information on the Arts Council Collection's latest acquisitions.

It has been an exceptional two years for the Collection. Despite the global pandemic, our ongoing commitment to supporting artists has seen 98 works by 42 artists acquired for the nation. All of these recent acquisitions follow in a tradition of supporting and promoting early career artists living and working across Britain today. 


At 75 years, the Collection includes over 8,000 works by close to 2,200 artists. We continue to bring art to every corner of the country through loans to museums, galleries, schools, hospitals, and other public institutions, and through our touring exhibitions. From multi-part installations to performance, painting and moving image, the works that joined the Collection in 2019–2021 represent the best and most ambitious art made in the UK.


The poster depicts a work by the artist Adam Farah. A testament to transformation and soaring optimism, Farah’s freely distributed poster encapsulates the Collection’s belief that art is for everyone.


The new poster publication is included in frieze magazine’s September 2021 issue.

A digital version of the poster can be viewed below. If you would like to receive a free print copy, please contact:



The Arts Council Collection supports and promotes British art and artists by acquiring their work at an early or critical stage in their career. With a focus on innovative work made by artists living in Britain, our acquisitions policy is characterised by a spirit of risk taking combined with an informed appraisal of current practice. 

Works from the Collection – spanning video, photography, performance, installation, painting, computer animation and sculpture – are lent to galleries and public institutions throughout the country.


If you would like further information about our new acquisitions or works in the Collection, please contact our Acquisitions Coordinator, or our Registrar,


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.