Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997


Series description

Series title: Hayward Gallery Material: Arts Council Collection Files, 1940-1996
Reference: ACGB/124
Extent: 72 items

Context

A major function of the Arts Council's Visual Art Department was the mounting of exhibitions at the Hayward and Serpentine Galleries in London and the organisation of touring exhibitions for the rest of the country. The first three travelling exhibitions were organised by the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts in May 1940.

The Hayward Gallery opened in 1968 and was initially operated and maintained by the Arts Council, whose major exhibitions were then for the most part concentrated there. In 1970 the Arts Council also opened the Serpentine Gallery and exhibitions were also shown at other major galleries in London such as the British Museum, the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

During the 1980s a greater part of the Arts Council's grant-in-aid on art was put towards developing a programme with municipal art galleries. Regional touring exhibitions and the exhibition programme at the Hayward Gallery now became the responsibility of the South Bank Board, which was established as an independent limited company in 1988.

The files relating to the art exhibition section of the Arts Council were stored with the Hayward Gallery rather than with the Arts Council. In order to reflect the separate custodial history of these records and in the interests of original order, they have not been re-integrated into the Arts Development Division sub-group. Instead they have formed the independent "Hayward Gallery" sub-group of the Archive.

Scope and content

This series relates to the Arts Council's own collection of works. Many of the files document the purchasing side of the Arts Council Collection. There are also many files relating to the loans made from the Collection to other institutions and organisations.

The items in this series are arranged chronologically.

Access

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Restrictions on access

Access to unpublished material less than 30 years old may be restricted and requests for access can take up to 20 working days to be processed. When applying for access, it is helpful if you can quote the reference number, title and covering dates of the file(s) in question. For very large requests you are advised to contact us to discuss your requirements. All requests should be sent by e-mail to archive@vam.ac.uk or by post to Victoria and Albert Museum Archives (ref. ACGB), Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.


Detailed catalogue

Reference Description Dates
ACGB/124/34 List of long loans
1 file
undated
ACGB/124/23 Arts Council Collection exhibitions
1file
1940-1964
ACGB/124/24 Information on galleries
1 file
1948-1974
ACGB/124/42 Insurance, legal liability and transport receipts
1 box
1958-1974
ACGB/124/58 Purchases
12 boxes
1958-1992
ACGB/124/36 Print collection
1 box
1965-1972
ACGB/124/67 Lists
1 box
1965-1975
ACGB/124/31 Long loan correspondence
1 file
1967
ACGB/124/1 Long loans to venues, A-Cam
1 box
1967-1986
ACGB/124/2 Long loans to venues, Can-G
1 box
1967-1986
ACGB/124/3 Long loans to venues, H-L
1 box
1967-1986
ACGB/124/4 Long loans to venues, London (including Arts Council premises)
1 box
1967-1986
ACGB/124/5 Long loans to venues, M-N
1 box
1967-1986
ACGB/124/6 Long loans to venues, O-Southampton
1 box
1967-1986
ACGB/124/7 Long loans to venues, Southampton-Z
1 box
1967-1986
ACGB/124/26 General loans
2 boxes
1968-1973
ACGB/124/57 Inventory notes
1 file
1969-1972
ACGB/124/25 Exhibition and long loans
4 files
1969-1974
ACGB/124/12 Exhibition loans to venues, A-C
1 box
1970-1990
ACGB/124/13 Exhibition loans to venues, C-D
1 box
1970-1990
ACGB/124/14 Exhibition loans to venues, E-K
1 box
1970-1990
ACGB/124/15 Exhibition loans to venues, L
1 box
1970-1990
ACGB/124/16 Exhibition loans to venues, L-M
1 box
1970-1990
ACGB/124/17 Exhibition loans to venues, M-N
1 box
1970-1990
ACGB/124/18 Exhibition loans to venues, O-S
1 box
1970-1990
ACGB/124/19 Exhibition loans to venues, S-Z
1 box
1970-1990
ACGB/124/20 Exhibition loans to venues in London, G-S
1 box
1970-1990
ACGB/124/27 Sculpture long loans
1 file
1971-1974
ACGB/124/68 Arts Council Collection valuations
1 file
1971-1978
ACGB/124/39 Marketing and promotions
2 files
1972-1996
ACGB/124/28 Long loan scheme
1file
1973
ACGB/124/29 Long loans by location
1 file
1973-1974
ACGB/124/33 List of long loans available and values
1 file
1974
ACGB/124/30 Long loan correspondence
1 file
1974-1975
ACGB/124/22 Long loan enquiries
1 box
1974-1984
ACGB/124/32 Miscellaneous correspondence
1 file
1975
ACGB/124/71 Correspondence with artists
1 file
1976-1978
ACGB/124/72 Correspondence with galleries
1 file
1976-1978
ACGB/124/70 Correspondence with regional advisers
1 file
1976-1978
ACGB/124/21 Exhibition loans to the British Council
1 box
1976-1990
ACGB/124/56 Arts Council Collection catalogue
3 files
1977-1984
ACGB/124/65 Arts Council Collection lists
2 files
1978
ACGB/124/35 General loans
1 file
1978
ACGB/124/51 Arts Council Collection storage
3 files
1980-1995
ACGB/124/66 Purchasing - rejected applications, A-I
1 box
1982-1983
ACGB/124/69 Regional visits
3 files
1983-1986
ACGB/124/45 Ethnic Minority Artists
6 files
1983-1989
ACGB/124/41 General correspondence
3 files
1985-1987
ACGB/124/43 Transport receipts
1 box
1985-1988
ACGB/124/38 Artists correspondence
4 boxes
1985-1994
ACGB/124/59 Purchasing - rejected applications
2 boxes
1986-1988
ACGB/124/46 Orders
1 box
1986-1989
ACGB/124/8 Long loans to venues, A-E
1 box
1986-1990
ACGB/124/9 Long loans to venues, E-K
1 box
1986-1990
ACGB/124/10 Long loans to venues, K-O
1 box
1986-1990
ACGB/124/11 Long loans to venues, O-Z
1 box
1986-1990
ACGB/124/40 Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial
1 file
1987
ACGB/124/53 Arts Council Collection schools exhibitions
1 bundle
1987-1989
ACGB/124/63 Arts Council Collection - acquisitions from 1984-1988
1 file
1987-1990
ACGB/124/49 Enquiries about the Arts Council Collection
1 box
1987-1992
ACGB/124/44 Purchasing visits: regional information
4 files
1987-1992
ACGB/124/37 Policy
3 boxes
1987-1995
ACGB/124/60 Purchasing - rejected applications
2 boxes
1988-1989
ACGB/124/48 General/personal correspondence
1 box
1988-1992
ACGB/124/64 Purchasing - information requests
4 files
1990-1992
ACGB/124/61 Purchasing - rejected applications
3 boxes
1990-1992
ACGB/124/47 South Bank Centre - internal memos, meetings and projects
1 box
1990-1992
ACGB/124/55 Ready, Steady, Go exhibition
1 box
1991-1993
ACGB/124/62 Purchasing scheme
2 files
1992-1994
ACGB/124/52 Spotlight exhibitions
2 boxes
1992-1995
ACGB/124/54 Moving Into View exhibition
1 bundle
1993-1994
ACGB/124/50 Exhibitions department
1 file
1993-1995