SurprEYES!, an exhibition of artworks from the Arts Council Collection. The Arts Council began collecting artworks in 1962 as a way of directly
supporting artists. It continues to collect today and loans works to public spaces such as galleries, libraries, schools and hospitals. We are delighted to show this selection from the Collection in the Municipal Gallery. The curator Martin Drury has carefully selected the artworks to appeal to children in particular. He has presented the exhibition in a playful way that asks you to look at the work with the curiosity of a child – no matter what age you are! We have had lots of visits to the Gallery from children participating in our Primary Arts Programme over the past few months; they have all been working with an artist in their classroom exploring some of the same themes and materials that are in the show. I hope that you will take the opportunity to further explore the artworks, through the many workshops and events over the summer months. I would like to thank and congratulate all of the artists involved and the curator Martin Drury. Thanks to the Arts Council for the generous loan of so many works from its collection.
Poster image Credit (cropped): Observer Effect (2010) by Emmet Kierans: Collection of the Arts Council