Round 1 (2016-2019)

The Arts Council Collection : Round 1 (2016-2019)

The first National Partners Programme gave galleries and museums in Liverpool, Birmingham and Eastbourne the opportunity to host the acclaimed Arts Council Collection as part of a diverse programme exhibitions taking place between 2016 and June 2019.

Round 1 partners: Towner Art Gallery, Birmingham Museums Trust and The Walker Art Gallery hosted 24 exhibitions over 3 years, alongside the Collection’s longstanding partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Highlights of the Round 1 exhibitions programme include: Walker Art Gallery’s Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity, a ground-breaking and vital exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act); Towner Art Gallery’s At Altitude exploring the enduring appeal of the aerial image; Women Power Protest at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery a celebration of the bold work of feminist artists and activists and Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Revolt & Revolutions, exploring some of the counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades.


Round 1 also saw the development of a number of artist-led projects, including exhibitions curated by Arts Council Collection artists: Rachel Maclean, Anne Hardy, Leo Fitzmaurice, Haroon Mirza, Rana Begum and Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid.

Learning and Engagement activity is at the heart of the National Partners Programme. Developing relationships with audiences on a national and local level to ensure the Arts Council Collection is enjoyed and appreciated as widely as possible.

We work collaboratively with our National Partners to develop a programme of public engagement aimed at opening up the Collection to audiences through activity in galleries, online and beyond.

The Arts Council Collection : Round 1 (2016-2019)
The Arts Council Collection : Round 1 (2016-2019)

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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.