Sculpture at Longside

Arts Council Collection: Sculpture at Longside

Longside has been home to sculpture in the Arts Council Collection since 2003. Located within the grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the centre at Longside enables us to extend our sculpture conservation and research programmes, and to increase public access to a sculpture collection of more than 800 works.

The Arts Council Collection is noted for the range and quality of its sculpture and includes major works by  Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Rachel WhitereadGrayson Perry, Roger Hiorns, Rebecca Warren and Phyllida Barlow among many others, reflecting the international significance of post-war British sculpture.

The collection team based at Longside develops exhibition and interpretation programmes and facilitates loans across the UK and abroad to ensure that sculpture in the Arts Council Collection is accessed by the widest possible audience.

Exhibitions at Longside

Designed by Tony Fretton Architects, Longside Gallery is a unique space for sculpture, offering panoramic views of Yorkshire Sculpture Park through its glazed walls. The Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park share Longside Gallery for an alternating programme of innovative exhibitions.

Recent Arts Council Collection exhibitions at Longside Gallery include: Kaleidoscope: Colour And Sequence In 1960s British Art (2017); Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander Curates The Arts Council Collection (2016); and Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986 (2015).

Between exhibitions, Longside Gallery is used for a range of educational and outreach activities and events.

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Arts Council Collection: Sculpture at Longside

Seizure

Arts Council Collection: Sculpture at Longside

Originally commissioned by Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 2008, Roger Hiorns transformed an empty council flat in Southwark, London, into a sparkling blue environment of copper sulphate crystals.

151-189 Harper Road, near London’s Elephant & Castle became a site of pilgrimage, with thousands of people making their way across the capital to the anonymous council flat.

The exhibit closed to the public in 2010 and, faced with the demolition of the social housing block in early 2011, the piece was acquired by the Arts Council Collection, thanks to a gift by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through Art Fund, with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation.

Seizure was subsequently transported to its new home at Yorkshire Sculpture Park where it is now on public display.

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Learning at Longside

Longside hosts a range of educational and outreach activities, including regular study days exploring particular themes and holdings.
Events at Longside

Longside hosts a range of educational and outreach activities for adults and children, including regular study days and workshops find out how you can get involved here.
Plan Your Visit

During exhibition times a free minibus shuttle service is in operation between YSP Centre and Longside Gallery.

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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.