A NEW ‘urban art’ exhibition is set to launch in Leicester next week, before touring the rest of the UK.

The exhibition, titled: ‘The World We Live In: Art and the Urban Environment’, is due to launch at Leicester’s Museum and Art Gallery on February 5. It will continue until May 2, before heading to other venues across the UK.

The exhibition will present a mix of painting, sculpture, photography and film that explores urban life.

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In addition to the wide range of works in the exhibition, The world we live in also includes part of the Arts Council Collection’s documentary photography collection from the 1960s and 1970s which presents a view of city life across the UK.

Additionally, for the first installment of the traveling exhibition, three works from Leicester’s own collection have been added to the exhibition. William Roberts’ painting of a rowdy crowd at the theater and Clifford Rowes’ quieter portrayal of diners seated over a fish and chip supper capture two contrasting snapshots of metropolitan life.

“We look forward to working with our touring partners on this exhibition in which artists bring many different ways of looking at our urban environment and, through art, raise questions and encourage people to continue to question the world in which we live,” said Deborah Smith, Director of the Arts Council Collection.

Established in 1946 as the national collection for the UK, the Arts Council collection now contains over 8,000 works by nearly 2,200 artists.

The collection is managed by the Southbank Center on behalf of Arts Council England and is committed to supporting artists from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines, most often at the start of their careers, to reflect the rich and diverse culture of Great Britain. It is a widely circulated national collection which can be seen in museums, galleries, schools, universities, hospitals and charities across the UK and overseas.

To find out more about the exhibition, visit: https://artscouncilcollection.org.uk/exhibition/world-we-live-art-and-urban-environment

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