The Printed Line Education Pack

An Education Information Pack to accompany the Arts Council Collection touring exhibition The Printed Line is now available to download (see link below).


Exhibition Information

This exhibition considers how artists have used a variety of printmaking techniques to exploit the potential of the printed line: from the thick, velvety lines of drypoint and intense cross-hatching of etching to delicate wood engravings and boldly-coloured screenprints.

Spanning the 20th century and up to the present day, the prints include Sickert’s masterly etching ​The Old Middlesex,​ Ben Nicholson’s rich drypoint ​Halse Town 1949​, a bold etching by ​Eduardo Chillida​ and one of Matisse’s pared-down lithographs. The use of colour​ i​ s explored in screenprints by ​Bridget Riley​ and ​Kenneth Martin​, as well as ​Simon Patterson​’s witty lithograph reworking the lines of the London tube map.

The Arts Council Collection is primarily a collection of modern and contemporary British art, but early on in its history it also acquired prints by major 20th-century European artists alongside British artists, forming an outstanding collection of more than 1,500 printed works by over 500 artists.


Find out more about this touring exhibition here.



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.