Round 2 (2019-2022)

The second round of National Partners for 2019-22 are Firstsite in Essex; Sunderland Culture in Tyne and Wear and Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in Cornwall.

Arts Council England has awarded each partner £550,000 over three years, from April 2019 – March 2022. The grants will support the organisations to present exhibitions that showcase and are inspired by work from the Arts Council Collection, raising the Collection’s profile with the public and supporting organisational development in regional art galleries.


See details of the Round 2 exhibition programme now open here and upcoming here - or sign up to the Arts Council Collection newsletter to receive regular updates.

The Arts Council Collection : Round 2 (2019-2022)
The Arts Council Collection : Round 2 (2019-2022)
The Arts Council Collection : Round 2 (2019-2022)

Partner Projects

Art Crush

The Art Crush app is a free, fun and accessible way for families and young people to explore art in an experience that everyone can enjoy via their mobile device or tablet.
Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

On view at The Exchange, Penzance, The Vanity of Small Differences is a series of six large-scale tapestries by the Turner-Prize winning artist Grayson Perry.
Paint the Town in Sound

The exhibition explores the timeless relationship between art and music, taking Sunderland based band Field Music’s own collaborations as a starting point to explore wider trends
Tell me the story of all of these things

Radical women of Colchester worked with Firstsite to present this exhibition which examined the role of emotion and soft power in our society and how this can be used positively to connect and empower us.
Hippo Campus: Where We Learn

A group exhibition at The Exchange, Penzance featuring works from the Arts Council Collection that explores alternative schooling, peer-to-peer learning and self-education.
Go On Being So

Curated by the MBA Collective, this exhibition at the Newlyn Art Gallery brings together an intriguing selection of works that say something about the world today and their place in it.
Received Wisdom

Received Wisdom by Sunderland Culture challenges the notion that creativity, boundary-breaking and dynamism are the preserve of youth, presenting a body of work created by artists working in their later years.
Super Black

Led by people from Essex’s black community, Super Black at Firstsite, Colchester is an exhibition that explores the complex questions of identity and the experiences of black people living in Britain today.

Featured Artworks

Sprawling Red Woman

Hilary Cartmel
Girl on Liner

Rose Wylie
Burning Love

Young In Hong

Katie Cuddon
A Prophecy

David Medalla
Freedom Hunters

Gavin Jantjes

National Partners Programme 2019-2022



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