Arts Council Collection

Birmingham Museums Trust is one of the four  galleries chosen by Arts Council Collection to be National Partners. This partnership will see world-class modern and contemporary art displayed in the city throughout a three year programme from 2016-2019.

About the Arts Council Collection

The Arts Council Collection is the largest national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art. The Collection includes important work by most of the UK’s prominent post-war artists. With nearly 8000 works by over 2000 artists, it is the most widely circulated of Britain’s national collections and can be seen in exhibitions in museums and galleries across the UK and abroad. Unique among national collections, the Arts Council Collection also lends to public buildings across the UK, including schools, hospitals and charitable associations. 

Founded in 1946 with the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Collection has continued to grow, acquiring innovative works each year. The Collection operates as a ‘museum without walls’, supporting emerging artists by acquiring and exhibiting their work as widely as possible. 

About the National Partnership Programme 

To mark the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary in 2016, Arts Council England invested in a network of four National Partner galleries across England.

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

The galleries will develop a year-round programme for art works within the Collection, hosting at least 24 exhibitions from April 2016 – Spring 2019, enabling even more people – particularly children and young people across England – to see and enjoy works from the Collection.

The National Partners will also create digital and learning initiatives to create more opportunities for people to engage with the Collection.

Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England. Website:

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