National Partners Programme Announcement

2 February 2016

We are thrilled to announce the Arts Council Collection National Partners are Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Birmingham Museums Trust and The Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool and our existing partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

2016 is a momentous year in the Arts Council Collection’s history, it is our 70th Anniversary and we have a packed programme ensuring this year is unforgettable. Following on from our new commissions announcement earlier this year we are delighted to announce our new partner venues, funded through Arts Council England’s National Partners Fund. Over the next three years the Partners will curate twenty four must-see exhibitions, alongside a dynamic programme of educational activities and events,  all centred on the Collection.

The first partner exhibition, At Home, will take place at Yorkshire Sculpture Park from 19 March – 03 July 2016. Exploring the role of home in our lives, the exhibition will feature works by Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, Edward Weston, Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Christo and Sophie Calle. Yorkshire Sculpture Park will also present a second exhibition, Transparency from 25 June to 4 September 2016.

Birmingham Museums Trust, another partner, will be showing Night In the Museum (The Gas Hall, Birmingham, November 2016 - February 2017) curated by artist Ryan Gander, which will provide a fresh perspective of the Collection’s figurative sculpture holdings. Prior to showing in Birmingham, the exhibition will premiere at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park from 16 July - 16 October 2016.

Later in the year, Towner Art Gallery will host One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People, (15 October 2016 - 8 January 2017), an exhibition of works from the Collection curated by Jennifer Higgie. Further details about the exhibition programmes for all four partner venues will be announced later this year.




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