New Acquisitions

The Arts Council Collection continues to grow through the purchase of new work, 47 works by 25 artists were acquired for the nation in 2017-18.

Recommendations to purchase innovative works of art that reflect artistic practice in Britain today are made by a changing group of external advisors to the Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee. For 2017-18 they were: Brian Cass, Head of Exhibitions, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; Anthea Hamilton, artist; Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island, Bristol and Morgan Quaintance, writer and curator. The chair of the Acquisitions Committee for 2017-18 was Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate Galleries. The three permanent members of the acquisitions committee are: Jill Constantine, Director, Arts Council Collection; Peter Heslip, Director, Visual Arts, Arts Council England; and Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery, London.



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.