National Partners Programme

Arts Council Collection: National Partners Programme

To mark the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary, Arts Council England has invested in a network of four National Partner museums and galleries across England, deepening their longstanding relationship with the Collection.

The four National Partner museums and galleries are: the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; the Birmingham Museums Trust; the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool; and the Collection’s existing partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The partners will provide a year-round home for the Collection’s art works, hosting a special programme of at least 24 National Partner exhibitions between April 2016 and June 2019.


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NPP Exhibitions

Tread Softly at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Tread Softly presents works from the Arts Council Collection in which artists explore childhood experience and familial relationships, revisiting and reassessing pivotal moments and people within their lives
Totality at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Created by contemporary artist Katie Paterson, Totality is made up of 10,000 images of solar eclipses, illuminated and sparkling from a rotating mirror ball.

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[Re]construct at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

This National Partners Programme exhibition questions what we know and understand about architecture, and features work by artists including Martin Creed, Anya Gallaccio and Cornelia Parker.
Night In the Museum at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Curated by Ryan Gander, Night in the Museum offers a unique view of the Arts Council Collection in its 70th year and provides an opportunity to view the Collection through the eyes of one of the country’s most important artists.
Transparency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

This exhibition shows how artists in the past and present have used transparent materials, forms and ideas about transparency to explore how we see and experience the world.
Ryan Gander In Conversation with Jonathan P. Watts

Artist and curator Ryan Gander discusses the Night in the Museum exhibition and his Arts Council Collection commission 'As old as time itself, slept alone'.

Meet the Partners

Towner Art Gallery

Towner is an award-winning contemporary art gallery and museum for South East England presenting major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art.
The Walker Art Gallery

One of the finest art galleries in Europe, the Walker Art Gallery is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country.
Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) first opened in 1885. There are over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming over 500,000 visitors, including 48,000 learning visits each year.


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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.