Kaleidoscope: Colour & Sequence in 1960s British Art

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The following Education Pack has been produced to accompany the Arts Council Collection's latest touring exhibition, Kaleidoscope: Colour & Sequence in 1960s British Art.

This education pack has been written by teachers to inspire ideas and ways of working with the exhibition. These ideas are presented as starting points and we encourage you to develop your own ways of thinking about the works on display.

This pack is broken down into ‘cards’ so that you can use the information in easily digestible chunks, or you can use the pack in its entirety to develop a whole scheme of work.

At the end of the pack you will find details of how to use the exhibition to achieve the Arts Award Discover level with your class or group.

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Exhibition Information

British art of the 1960s is noted for its bold, artificial colour, alluring surfaces and capricious shapes and forms, yet these exuberant qualities are often underpinned by a strong sense of order, founded on repetition, sequence and symmetry. Bringing together outstanding examples of painting and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection and other major UK collections, Kaleidoscope examines 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens, bringing into view the relationship between colour and form, rationality and irrationality, order and waywardness.

As the first Arts Council Collection survey of 1960s British art in over twenty years, Kaleidoscope assumes a wide angle, looking across media and movements to find fresh correspondences. From this perspective, the mind-bending surfaces of Op Art, the flattened repetition of Pop, the mathematical order of Constructivism, and the sequential placement of brightly-coloured abstract units found in New Generation sculpture find a common language shaped by sequence and symmetry.

Kaleidoscope represents the work of over twenty artists including: David Annesley, Anthony Caro, Robyn Denny, Tess Jaray, Phillip King, Kim Lim, Mary Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bridget Riley, Tim Scott, Richard Smith, William Tucker and William Turnbull. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication featuring a new essay by Sam Cornish, the co-curator of 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.