• Image: Exhibition title written by student from Helston Community College
  • Image: Flo Brooks, Butts Only (that’s the sound that lonely makes) 2018 Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist.
  • Image: Howard Hodgkin Swimming, 2011 Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © The Estate of Howard Hodgkin
  • Image: Sunil Gupta, Pragati Maidan, from the series 'Exiles', 1987 Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist
  • Image: P. Staff, The Prince of Homburg, 2019 (film still) Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist

23 Oct 2021 — 08 Jan 2022

The Exchange

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition.

Seen is co-curated by young LGBTQIA+ people from Cornwall aged between 11 – 19 working in partnership with LGBT+ charity Intercom Trust, and SHARP, Programme Producer.

Through workshops and conversation about contemporary art the young people have explored the importance of representation within art and culture and the many sides of what it means to be seen. The expanding subject of Queer art involves an important history of reclamation, resistance, love and freedom and often explores personal experiences as well as depictions of LGBTQIA+ cultures.

This exhibition increases young LGBTQIA+ people’s engagement with contemporary art, allows them to create a platform that speaks to them, for new voices to be heard and for them to be seen.

LGBTQIA+  artists with work from the Arts Council Collection in the exhibition include:

Francis Bacon / Flo Brooks / Duncan Grant / Sunil Gupta / Maggi Hambling / David Hockney / Howard Hodgkin / Evan Ifekoya / Michael Craig-Martin  / David Robilliard / P. Staff / Wolfgang Tillmans

In addition there are new exhibition commissions by LGBTQIA+ artists Rosanne Robertson, and RTiiiKA, plus other works by Claude Cahun, Rebel Dykes, Derek Jarman, Amy Pennington, SHARP, Serena Wadham, and YAY.

There will be a series of events running alongside the exhibition, including Enduring Care, a video programme highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic.

See Read More below for Talk Art podcasts with Seen artists


We would be delighted if you would join us to celebrate the opening of Seen at The Exchange from 13.00 and What Lies Behind at Newlyn Art Gallery from 18.00 on Sat 23 Oct.
FREE entry, all welcome.


Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange is an Arts Council Collection National Partner. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England.

Find out more about the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme.




Through a three-year partnership between the Gallery and the Arts Council Collection, we have been given privileged access to more than 8,000 works of contemporary British art, including paintings, sculpture, original works on paper, prints and moving image. The Collection supports artists in the UK through the purchase and display.

We have been working with a broad cross-section of the Newlyn and Penzance community to support them in making exhibitions drawing on this incredible resource. To date we have worked with pupils at Newlyn Schoolstudents at Mounts Bay Academy; WILD Young Parents, and now LGBTQIA+ young people in partnership with the Intercom Trust and for What Lies Behind, participants in social prescribing programmes, each to make an exhibition from the collection.

For an exhibition in spring 2022 we are working with Black Voices Cornwall to select works for our final Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibition.

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Venue: The Exchange
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Open: TUE - SAT, 10.00 - 17.00
Closed: SUN & MON

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