The Arts Council Collection works with Hayward Publishing on an ongoing basis to produce highly illustrated, beautiful and inspiring books drawing on the rich body of work represented by the Collection.

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Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 is the first publication to focus on women sculptors in Britain from the post-war period to today: their art, their influences, and their interaction with the art-world structures that has surrounded them.

Presenting multiple voices and perspectives, the book includes an essay by curator Natalie Rudd, alongside complementary texts from artists, writers and curators exploring the practices of over 40 British sculptors, presenting fresh critical thinking on the subject.The book also features a timeline, highlighting key events and developments over the last 75 years.

Artists featured include: Phyllida Barlow, Rana Begum, Helen Chadwick, Alice Channer, Lygia Clark, Elisabeth Frink, Anya Gallaccio, Mona Hatoum, Barbara Hepworth, Shirazeh Houshiary, Mary Kelly, Karin Jonzen, Liliane Lijn, Kim Lim, Sarah Lucas, Cathy de Monchaux, Margaret Organ, Cornelia Parker, Kathy Prendergast, Rebecca Warren, Rachel Whiteread and Alison Wilding.


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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.