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In My Shoes with the Arts Council Collection


In My Shoes: Art & the Self since the 1990s, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Photo credit: Anna Arca

Engage Yorkshire Area Group Meeting
12 June 2018  11.00am – 3.00pm
Arts Council Collection, Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Engage members and regional colleagues are invited to join Yorkshire Rep Janette Robinson, for an Area Group Meeting at Arts Council Collection, Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 12th June 11.00am - 3.00pm. Free parking, lunch and refreshments provided.

This is an excellent opportunity to find out about the Arts Council Collection (ACC) and its potential for learning; receive tote bags filled with goodies on how to use the ACC, through loans, research, online resources and CPD opportunities.

Hear first-hand the journey of the ACC National Partners Programme through case studies and learning from across the country; entering its next phase in 2019 with the opportunity for new partners.

Enjoy a talk/performance and tour with Harold Offeh, Artist and Reader of Fine Art, Leeds Beckett University, who will offer new insights into the ACC touring exhibition In My Shoes: Art and the Self since the 1990s. Offeh works in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. He uses humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture and is interested in the space created by inhabiting or embodying history.

A delicious lunch and refreshments will be served offering the perfect opportunity to meet peers, network and look at the In My Shoes exhibition independently or stroll through Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Following the event participants are welcome to explore the new exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park by Guiseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood, Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time and Common Ground and to discover the open air collection. Visit www.ysp.co.uk for more details.


11:30 – 11.40  Welcome and introductions

12:15 – 12:30  Learning potential of the Arts Council Collection

12:30 – 1.00    Arts Council Collection, National Partners Programme: Case studies and key learning from around the country

1.00 - 2.00   Networking Lunch & Independent viewing of In My Shoes exhibition

2.00 - 3.00   Harold Offrey talk / performance, Longside Gallery

3.00   Event ends, self-directed viewing of Yorkshire Sculpture Park exhibitions.

The meeting is an opportunity for all colleagues working in galleries, museums and education to catch up, network and help plan future events in Yorkshire.


To book a place or request further information, contact Yorkshire Area Rep Janette Robinson on email:  janetterobinson@barnsley.gov.uk or telephone: 07725817220. Please include dietary requirements.


Arts Council Collection
Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Jebb Lane

Travel information:
Please click here for travel to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) and accessing the Longside site.

Free parking will be arranged for all attendees. You have special permission to park at Longside car park for this event. Please see maps on the websites above. For those who wish to visit YSP and/or use public transport there are details of a mini bus shuttle to Longside.

A taxi to and from Wakefield Westgate train station can be arranged for 3+ people. Please contact Natalie Rudd, Senior Curator on email: natalie.rudd@southbankcentre.co.uk to register your interest in a taxi.

Further information

What is the Arts Council Collection?
The Arts Council Collection is the most widely shared collection of modern and contemporary British art. Founded in 1946, the Collection features over 8000 works of art by more than 2000 of the UK’s most prominent artists. The Collection grows every year and is an important cultural resource.


You can see works from the Arts Council Collection in their touring exhibitions and through loans to galleries and museums across the UK and overseas. They also lend works of art to hospitals, schools, universities and other public buildings to ensure that as many people as possible can see and enjoy the Collection.

What is the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme?

To mark the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary, Arts Council England has invested in a network of four National Partner museums and galleries across England, deepening their longstanding relationship with the Collection. The four National Partner museums and galleries are: the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; the Birmingham Museums Trust; the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool; and the Collection’s existing partner, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (until Spring 2018).

Through a sustained presence at each venue across the three year programme, the Arts Council Collection aims to build a deeper relationship with regional audiences. Building a UK-wide network across regional partners connects local visitors to their national collection. The partners will provide a year-round home for the Collection’s art works, hosting a special programme of at least 24 National Partner exhibitions between April 2016 and June 2019


In My Shoes:  Art & the Self since the 1990s. An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

Self-portraiture has provided a source of inspiration to artists across time. In recent years artists have updated the genre by incorporating action, performance and storytelling. In My Shoes explores the ways in which UK-based artists have included themselves in their work since the 1990s. Featuring over forty works in a range of media, the exhibition takes a broad view of these dynamic approaches. In My Shoes also reflects upon the current public interest in self-expression: the rise of the ‘selfie’, for example, or the construction of digital identities through social media.


Area Group Meetings are free of charge to Engage members, and members from any region are invited to attend.

Non-members are welcome to attend one 'taster' meeting for an entrance fee of £5 (non-members who have attended a meeting before please contact Engage or click here to find out about the benefits of joining Engage.

Members can view details of forthcoming area group activities and reports from past meetings here.

Posted on 21 May 2018

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