Borrowing from the Collection

For the next few years...


The Arts Council Collection is preparing for the next chapter in its history with exciting plans for a new, state-of-the-art collection facility in Coventry. As the UK’s major lender of modern and contemporary British art this will mean more opportunities for this significant public art collection to be used and enjoyed by both national and international audiences. In prioritising our collection move we have a loans moratorium in place until 2026.

We are honouring existing agreed loans and will consider loan requests on a case by case basis, as follows:

  • Significant monographic shows of historical and contemporary British artists to be presented either nationally or internationally

  • Lesser known works from the collection or works by artists not represented in other UK collections

We look forward to working with you in the near future and welcoming you to our new collection store in Coventry.


Any queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

Curators' Portal

Use our online Curators' Portal to create, save and download selections of artworks.

To use the Curators' Portal, simply:

1. Login or create an account using the link below.

2. Choose artworks by selecting ‘Add to My Collection’ from any of the 8,000+ artworks in the Collection.

3. You can use the Curators’ Portal to create and save multiple selections of works, as well as downloading lists.

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The Arts Council Collection : Borrowing from the Collection

Long Loans

The Long Loan scheme provides loans to the museum and gallery sector and public institutions such as universities, charities and hospitals.
Select Scheme

The Select programme invites galleries and museums to select exhibitions and displays from the Arts Council Collection.

Works from the Collection are exhibited at our sculpture centre, Longside each year. Longside is a unique space for exhibitions, offering panoramic views of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.



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.