Borrow Big!

22 September 2021

Since the Arts Council Collection began 75 years ago we have been collecting and caring for a wide array of bold and ambitious art, always looking for ways we can share the collection to a wide variety of venues.

After decades of lending work free of charge to partners around the UK and internationally it is clear there is an enthusiasm to borrow from all areas of our collection which is why we are supporting arts organisations to think big when they borrow from the Arts Council Collection. 

We want to collaborate with six dynamic organisations sharing knowledge and expertise, learning from each other and creating opportunities for our audiences to enjoy these immersive works of art. We are asking applicants to consider how they can pass the baton on, extending resources and research as the work travels to future venues. There are 10 projects to choose from which include artists such as Benedict Drew, Susan Hiller, Keith Piper and Christina Mackie

Each project will be supported with up to £4.5k and can be used where most needed, whether that is towards transport, installation, audience engagement, evaluation, or any aspect of the project.

Applications are open now and close at 9am, 25 October 2021

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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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