Touring Exhibitions

Arts Council Collection: Touring Exhibitions

New touring exhibitions from the Collection are launched each year and travel throughout the country. Varying from solo shows to thematic and artist-curated exhibitions to film programmes, they enable the Collection to collaborate with most of the UK's museums and galleries.


Recent Touring Exhibitions

Drawn From Life: People On Paper

Artists have been drawing the human figure for centuries, from life drawings to people caught unaware at leisure or work. This exhibition brings together some of the finest drawings in the Collection with loans from the British Council Collection.
Kaleidoscope: Colour And Sequence In 1960s British Art

An Arts Collection Touring Exhibition. Kaleidoscope examines 1960s paintings and sculpture through a fresh and surprising lens.
A Certain Kind of Light: Light In Art Over Six Decades

A major exhibition exploring how artists have responded to light, its transience and effect. Encompassing paintings, sculpture, photography, and installation, featuring artworks from the 1960s to the present day.

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Long Loans

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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.