Arts Council Collection Print Displays 


Arts Council Collection Print Display: Selected by the Art Champions 
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Art Lounge
Wednesday 5 August - Sunday 1 November 2020

The Arts Council Collection is primarily a collection of modern and contemporary British art, but early on in its history it also acquired prints by major 20th-century European artists alongside British artists, forming an outstanding collection of more than 1,500 printed works by over 500 artists.

This is the first in a series of three print displays selected by local community groups from the Arts Council Collection. The display was chosen by our Art Champions, a fantastic group of people from Sunderland who have been exploring this vast and extraordinary collection.

The Art Champions are proud of their city and show endless enthusiasm and curiosity, but they aren’t afraid to ask questions and challenge themselves. This is reflected in their choices for this print display. Tom McGuinness’ Miners Going Inbye reflects on Sunderland’s mining heritage while Jeffery Edwards’ Resisting the Bailiffs alludes to the poverty in the city. Chris Ofili’s For the Unknown Runner, created to mark the London Olympic Games 2012, is an expression of human spirit, power and determination and is a reminder of what can be achieved when we come together.





Arts Council Collection Print Display: Selected by We Make Culture’s Young Musicians Project 
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Art Lounge
Wednesday 10th February - Sunday 4th July 2021 

This is the second in a series of three print displays selected by local community groups from the Arts Council Collection. The display has been chosen by We Make Culture’s Young Musicians Project, a dynamic group of young musicians from Sunderland who have been exploring and responding to the vast and extraordinary collection.  

The group have selected a range of prints by female artists in the Arts Council Collection. Inspired by the interrelation between art and music the prints have sparked the collective imagination of the group.

The space also features a video, artwork and portraits produced by the group in response to the prints selected and artworks within the exhibition ‘Paint the Town in Sound’.

Artists included: Gillian Ayres, Fiona Banner, Vanessa Bell, Mary Fox, Paula Rego and Young Musicians Project members, Sara Heraoua, Paige Smith and Charlotte Stothard. 





Arts Council Collection Print Display: Young Artist Voices - Selected by Young Asian Voices
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Art Lounge
Saturday 9th April - Sunday 5th June 2022

This display, the third and final in the series, has been chosen by Young Asian Voices’ young people and volunteers ‘VIP-Culture N Us’ – a creative group of ethnically diverse young artists from Sunderland who have been exploring the vast and extraordinary collection. The group have selected a wide range of emotive portraits from Arts Council Collection to display alongside some of their own artworks, objects, videos and a mural.

Artists included in the print display: Maya Dhananjay, Evan Ifekoya, Leon Kossoff, Adeena Rahman, Joe Tilson, Zubin Thomas, Mimei Thompson and Clifton Wright.






As part of Young Asian Voices’ Arts Council Collection Print Display, the group selected five Arts Council Collection prints for long term display at their community centre in Sunderland City Centre. 






Photos: Colin Davison and Mike Davidson
Contact: ︎ Jonathan.weston@sunderlandculture.org.uk