Applications Now Open for the National Partners Programme 2019-22

9 October 2018

Following the success of the first Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme, we are seeking three new regional partners to form a network of galleries and museums to present and curate exhibitions over a three-year period drawn from the Arts Council Collection.

The National Partners Programme was launched in 2016 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Collection, which is the most widely circulated national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world. Our works are loaned out to a wide range of exhibitions across England and during the last year, over 2 million  visitors experienced work from within the Collection.

Arts Council England will invest £1.65million of National Lottery money into the programme, which hopes to increase the number and diversity of people able to experience the Arts Council Collection, especially children and young people, and to support organisational development in regional art galleries. The three new partners will work with our team at the Southbank Centre and Longside Gallery, based at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, to produce high quality, innovative exhibitions.

The first National Partners Programme gave galleries in Liverpool, Birmingham and Eastbourne the opportunity to host the acclaimed Collection. Towner Art Gallery, Birmingham Museums Trust and The Walker Art Gallery agreed to host 24 exhibitions over 3 years, alongside the Collection’s longstanding partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The partners all experienced increased audience figures, improved brand recognition on a national level and more diversity in their audiences over the course of the programme.

For further details on how to apply please visit the Arts Council England webpage here.

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The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

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