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3 December 2021 to 15 December 2021 Southbank Centre

Celebrating its 75th anniversary year, the Arts Council Collection is launching Right About Now, an exhibition featuring highlights from its recent contemporary art acquisitions. Opening on Friday 3 December at Frieze’s new gallery space No.9 Cork Street, this free exhibition highlights a diverse selection of contemporary art, featuring 18 artists. From multi-part installations to painting and moving image, the works represent some of the best and most ambitious modern and contemporary British art.

Right About Now will bring 33 works together across two floors of No.9 Cork Street. Among the artworks on display, select highlights include Adam Farah’s I AM FREE (FREE AM I MIX), 2018. Displayed on the ground floor of the gallery, the work is a wall-sized poster featuring the artist wearing a t-shirt custom-printed with lyrics from the song ‘I Am Free’ by Mariah Carey. It represents an important influence in the artist’s life. Furthermore, on display will be Liv Preston’s sculpture DOG QUEST, 2020, which depicts a dog’s head. Cast from a piece of graffiti found in an outbuilding at an abandoned slate mine in North Wales, this object considers the representation and consistent presence of dogs in human culture.

Deborah Smith, Director of the Arts Council Collection, says: “We value the remarkable work that has built the Arts Council Collection and kept it in extraordinary condition during our 75 year history. Our mission now is to extend the impact of the Collection, so that it has a greater influence on more people: a greater impact on collection artists, on curators and partners, and on our audiences and participants across the UK. We are thrilled to present Right About Now at No.9 Cork Street as a celebration of our 75th anniversary year, and an opportunity to connect audiences with extraordinary British artists.”

Right About Now features 18 artists: Edward Allington, Jonathan Baldock, Olivia Bax, Oliver Beer, Shezad Dawood, Adam Farah, Miranda Forrester, Ryan Gander, Patrick Hough, Duncan Newton, Roy Oxlade, Liv Preston, Prem Sahib, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Caroline Walker, Alison Watt and Partou Zia.

Listings information:

Right About Now
03 - 15 December 2022
No.9 Cork Street, London W1S 3LL
FREE entry
Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Nearest tube stations: Green Park (7 minutes walk), Oxford Circus (9 minutes walk)