National Partners Programme

Arts Council Collection: National Partners Programme

The National Partners Programme was launched in 2016 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Arts Council Collection by creating a network of regional galleries and museums to present and curate exhibitions drawn from the Arts Council Collection. 

Through a sustained presence at each venue across the three year programme, the Arts Council Collection aims to build a deeper relationship with regional audiences. Building a UK-wide network across regional partners and connecting local visitors to their national collection.

The first four National Partner museums and galleries are: 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 second round of the National Partners Programme will run from 2019-22. The deadline for expressions of interest to join the scheme has now closed. New partners will be announced in Spring 2019. Sign up to the Arts Council Collection newsletter for regular updates on the programme.



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Round 1: Exhibitions

Revolt & Revolutions

The works in this exhibition, drawn primarily from the Arts Council Collection, give insight into some of the counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades.
At Altitude

At Altitude presents historical and contemporary works that elucidate the links between the ever-changing methods of observing the world and how this has been interpreted by artists through painting, sculpture, photography and film.
Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity

This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.
We Stared at the Moon...

Curated by internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza from the Arts Council Collection, We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun, presents works from the Collection alongside new works made by Mirza for the exhibition.
Tread Softly

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
I Want! I Want! Art and Technology

I Want! I Want! features work by artists made over the last 20 years who have all been influenced by the rapid development of technology.

Round 1: Partner Activity

Going Digital with the Over 75s

Birmingham Museum & Gallery’s latest engagement pilot project sees the gallery’s learning team working with local care homes to explore new opportunities for engaging older audiences.
All Aboard for Family Learning

Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s All Aboard programme introduces local families to works from the Collection, through supported visits and a range of family-friendly activities.
Putting Engagement Centre Stage

Walker Art Gallery's Angelica Vanasse explains how the Gallery worked to put engagement activity centre stage as part of their major exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity.
Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club

Students from Nottingham Trent University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park to explore themes of protest in the National Partners exhibition, Revolt & Revolutions.

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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.