The Collection at Longside

The Arts Council Collection : The Collection at Longside

Longside has been home to sculpture in the Arts Council Collection since 2003. Located within the grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the centre at Longside enables us to extend our sculpture conservation and research programmes, and to increase public access to a sculpture collection of more than 800 works.

The Arts Council Collection is noted for the range and quality of its sculpture and includes major works by  Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Rachel WhitereadGrayson Perry, Roger Hiorns, Rebecca Warren and Phyllida Barlow among many others, reflecting the international significance of post-war British sculpture.

The collection team based at Longside develops exhibition and interpretation programmes and facilitates loans across the UK and abroad to ensure that sculpture in the Arts Council Collection is accessed by the widest possible audience.

Designed by Tony Fretton Architects, Longside Gallery is a unique space for sculpture, offering panoramic views of Yorkshire Sculpture Park through its glazed walls.

The Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park share Longside Gallery for an alternating programme of innovative exhibitions.

Previous Arts Council Collection exhibitions at Longside Gallery include:Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection (2019); In My Shoes (2018); Kaleidoscope: Colour And Sequence In 1960s British Art (2017); Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander Curates The Arts Council Collection (2016); and Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986 (2015).

Between exhibitions, Longside Gallery is used for a range of educational and outreach activities and events.


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The Arts Council Collection : The Collection at Longside

Originally commissioned by Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 2008, Roger Hiorns transformed an empty council flat in Southwark, London, into a sparkling blue environment of copper sulphate crystals.

151-189 Harper Road, near London’s Elephant & Castle became a site of pilgrimage, with thousands of people making their way across the capital to the anonymous council flat.

The exhibit closed to the public in 2010 and, faced with the demolition of the social housing block in early 2011, the piece was acquired by the Arts Council Collection, thanks to a gift by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through Art Fund, with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation.

Seizure was subsequently transported to its new home at Yorkshire Sculpture Park where it is now on public display.


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Exhibitions at Longside

In My Shoes

This Arts Council Collection touring exhibition explores the ways in which artists based in the UK have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s.
Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

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.
Night in The Museum: Ryan Gander Curates The Arts Council Collection

A major new touring exhibition curated by the leading British artist Ryan Gander, offering a unique view of the Arts Council Collection in its seventieth anniversary year.



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.