Art Collection

Close up of metal and ceramic sculpture on a plinth in a gallery with two people in the background viewing works of art in display cabinets.
Growing Reflection by Cara Murphy.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Contemporary Art Collection holds over 700 works by established and emerging visual artists working in Northern Ireland. Works from the Collection are loaned for exhibition.

We operate a free Art Lending Scheme for Schools in Northern Ireland, enabling participating schools to choose and exhibit works from the Contemporary Art Collection.

The Arts Council is keen to hear from schools that are interested in taking part in the Lending Scheme. We are also on hand to help advise and curate an exhibition for each school if required.

A selection of works from the Collection can be viewed on

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The Arts Council welcomes requests for loans from curators, galleries and a range of public venues.

If you are interested in borrowing a work or a number of works from the Collection, please contact the Collection team.

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