The Arts Council Collection is pleased to announce Curators’ Days for Spring and Summer 2016

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People at Leeds Art Gallery, 2015

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People at Leeds Art Gallery, 2015

Arts Council Collection Curators’ Days are designed to provide an informal forum for curators from around the country to meet and network. Each event has a special focus, either looking at particular areas of professional practice or visiting new buildings and important exhibitions. All include guest speakers and opportunity for discussion.

Below you will find details for the first three events for 2016 – Arts Council Collection's 70th anniversary year.

Please note that the Arts Council Collection (ACC) is not able to support travel or accommodation, although refreshments and a sandwich lunch will be provided. Full itineraries will be sent out nearer the time through our wiki site.

All events are FULLY FUNDED, but places are limited so please click on this link to RSVP. The days are very popular so you are advised to respond by 26 February, and inform ACC of any cancelations.


Acquiring Moving Image works
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
24 March 2016

Ben Rivers, Sack Barrow, 2011

Ben Rivers, Sack Barrow, 2011

This day is run in collaboration with the Art Fund who have recently launched the new Moving Image Fund for Museums. The first scheme of its kind, it was set up in partnership with Thomas Dane Gallery in response to the challenges faced by UK museums in building their collections of moving-image works. The Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the Whitworth in Manchester are the first two galleries to benefit from the fund. Currently in its pilot phase, the scheme will provide £200,000 to each gallery over the next two years.

The day will include an overview of the scheme from the Art Fund and a chance to view the new Ben Rivers exhibition at the Whitworth. The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers is Rivers’ most ambitious work to date, migrating between documentary, fantasy and fable, and shot against a dramatic Moroccan landscape. Ben will join us to talk about his new work and why he has chosen to work with particular equipment. This will be followed by an informal roundtable discussion presenting a series of case studies from museum curators, with a focus on finding practical solutions to some of the challenges they have encountered when acquiring, displaying and looking after moving image works. There will also be a chance to find out more about the Arts Council Collection’s new moving image acquisitions; this includes works by Ed Atkins, Pablo Bronstein, Rosalind Nashashibi, Uriel Orlow, Yelena Popova, Laure Prouvost, Lis Rhodes, Paul Rooney, Imogen Stidworthy and Bedwyr Williams.

25 places available. Please click on this link.


Visit to Glasgow International
12 and 13 April (2 day event)

Alexandra Bircken, Hepworth Gallery Wakefield, 2014. Image courtesy of Herald Street gallery, London

Alexandra Bircken, Hepworth Gallery Wakefield, 2014. Image courtesy of Herald Street gallery, London

Glasgow International is a world-renowned biennial festival of contemporary art. Glasgow International showcases the best of local and international art for wide-ranging audiences. Join us for a 2 day event exploring exhibitions, visiting studios and networking.

Sign up for Glasgow International’s Professional Registration here. Please note this will not sign you up for the Curators’ Day.

glasgowinternational.org/visits/professionals/

25 places available. Please click on this link.


New Commissions, Plymouth
24 June

John Akomfrah, Tropikos 2016 Single channel video, colour, sound © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

John Akomfrah, Tropikos 2016 Single channel video, colour, sound © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

2016 marks the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the Arts Council Collection. To commemorate the anniversary and celebrate the Arts Council Collection’s ongoing support of emerging and established artists the Arts Council Collection are commissioning 8 new artworks by some of the most celebrated artists living and working in the UK today. The commissions will be on shown across England during 2016 before becoming a permanent part of the Arts Council Collection where they will available for loan to museums, galleries and other spaces nationally and internationally.

The 8 artists who have been commissioned to make new work are: John Akomfrah, Hurvinnderson, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Ryan Gander, Mark Leckey, Katie Paterson, Heather Phillipson and Keith Piper.

To celebrate this we will hold a Curators’ Day at Plymouth Arts Centre with the artist Heather Phillipson. We will be joined by Helen Nisbet who curated the commissions. We will explore what it means to commission new work and the importance of being included in an internationally significant collection for artists at all stages in their careers. Further speakers to be announced.

25 places available. Please click on this link.