Art & Poetry


    Visual art has long been a source of inspiration for poetry and poetry for visual art. We have been working with the National Poetry Library at Southbank Centre for a number of years to make connections between works in the Collection and contemporary poets.

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    The Arts Council Poetry Collection at Southbank Centre

    The National Poetry Library is the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain.
    #ArtPoetry at Towner Gallery

    This is a recording from The Poetry Library's Special Edition series. Featuring Emily Berry, Richard Price and Rommi Smith. Recorded on Wednesday 1st July 2015.
    WATCH Jackie Kay - Vault

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park commissioned acclaimed poet and Scottish Makar Jackie Kay to write poems in response to works in the National Partner exhibition Tread Softly. Kay's poems were published in a free pamphlet and placed on the gallery walls.



    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.