Welcome to the Arts Council Collection
The Arts Council Collection is the national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art, representing over 7,500 works of art.

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The National Partners Programme
We’re working with four major galleries outside London, to present a series of exciting and innovative new exhibitions drawn from the Arts Council Collection.

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Acquisitions 2016/17
Find out more about our latest acquisitions, including significant works by Phyllida Barlow, Andy Holden, Aleksandra Mir and Yinka Shonibare, MBE.

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Latest News

New Arts Council Collection Website

10 Jul 2017

The new Arts Council Collection website is now online. Featuring an improved look and layout, the new site presents a significantly expanded selection of information and resources.

New features include:

> Improved online database with new mobile-friendly layouts enhanced access to over 7,500 artworks. Browse artists using the new A-Z Directory or sort works by Medium, Decade, or Theme.

> Interactive Exhibitions Map – find exhibitions near you and plan gallery visits with our interactive map showing all Collection works currently on show around the UK and beyond.

> Discover more about artists and artworks...

Current Exhibitions

On Paper
13 Jan 2018 - 28 Apr 2019

New Acqusitions


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

With nearly 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyondThis website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.