Arts Council Collection

The World We Live In: Art and the Urban Environment

Saturday 21 May - Sunday 4 September

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Cities around the world have developed and diversified more rapidly over the last ten years, than ever before. Today, over half of the world’s population lives in an urban environment. The World We Live In explores the many facets of urban life – architecture, migration, commuting, crowds, noise, lights – which have been a rich source of inspiration to artists. The exhibition brings together important works from the Arts Council Collection, the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art, to consider how city dwellers have engaged with their built-up surroundings. The World We Live In also includes examples from the Arts Council Collection’s outstanding collection of documentary photographs, presenting an unparalleled view of inner-city life across the UK.

Tickets booked through Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Important information


Image Credit: Michael Andrews, Lights II: The Ship Engulfed, 1972, acrylic on canvas, 183 x 152.5cm. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © The Estate of Michael Andrews, Courtesy of James Hyman Fine Art

This exhibition is supported by the East Anglia Art Fund, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council

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