New Acquisitions Committee Members Announced

2 August 2017

The Arts Council Collection is delighted to announce the new members of the 2017-2018 Acquisitions Committee. Brian Cass, Head of Exhibitions at Towner Gallery and London-based artist Anthea Hamilton will join existing committee members Helen Legg, Director of Spike Island, Bristol; and Morgan Quaintance, writer and curator.

Recommendations on purchasing innovative works of art that reflect artistic practice in Britain today are made by a changing group of external advisors to the Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee.

Acquisitions are made through a committee of eight individuals. The internal members of the Acquisitions Committee are Jill Constantine (Director, Arts Council Collection), with Ralph Rugoff (Director, Hayward Gallery), and Peter Heslip (Director, Visual Arts, Arts Council England). Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate, and member of Arts Council England’s National Council, acts as Chair to the Committee.

Brian Cass is Head of Exhibitions at Towner Gallery. Before joining Towner he was Curator for Creative Arts, Trinity College Dublin. He was previously responsible for managing the Turner Prize and delivering it in Derry in 2013, and was curator and projects manager with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Brian has written for exhibition catalogues and artist books, and directed and produced programmes for film and television.

Anthea Hamilton is a Royal College of Art graduate and a London-based artist. Andrea works with sculpture, painting, moving-image and performance to manipulate and alternate the history and image of the popular culture. In this manner, the artist expresses her preoccupation with the meaning of contingency and the effect of surprise. Solo projects include Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle’s Yard, The Hepworth Wakefield; Grasses: The Magazine Sessions, Serpentine Gallery (performanace); and Frieze Projects, New York, US. Her work has been part of important group shows such as Turner Prize 2016, Tate Britain; British Art Show 8, Hayward Touring; History of Nothing, White Cube (all 2016); La Vie Moderne, 13eme Biennale de Lyon, FR
 (2015); Terrapolis, Neon and the Whitechapel Gallery (2015) and Burning Down The House: 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, KO (2015).



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.