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Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

British art of the 1960s is noted for its bold, artificial colour, alluring surfaces and capricious shapes and forms, yet these exuberant qualities are often underpinned by a strong sense of order, founded on repetition, sequence and symmetry.

Bringing together outstanding examples of painting and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection and other major UK collections, Kaleidoscope examines 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens, bringing into view the relationship between colour and form, rationality and irrationality, order and waywardness.

Kaleidoscope is the first Arts Council Collection survey of 1960s British art in over twenty years, and as such it assumes a wide perspective, ranging across media to find fresh correspondences and a common language between diverse artistic movements. It encompasses the mind-bending surfaces of Op Art, the flattened repetition of Pop, the mathematical order of Constructivism, and the sequential placement of brightly-coloured abstract units found in New Generation sculpture.

Kaleidoscope presents the work of over twenty artists including: Tess Jaray, Phillip King, Kim Lim, Mary Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bridget Riley, Tim Scott, Richard Smith, William Tucker and William Turnbull. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring a new essay by co-curator Sam Cornish.

Image: Quinquereme 1966 by Tim Scott, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist



We endeavour to be as family friendly as possible and have always given complete access for wheelchairs and buggies in the exhibitions in the Djanogly Gallery. This particular exhibition of works loaned from the Arts Council Collection has posed very specific problems due to the size of the works, that the sculptures are placed directly on the ground and the fragility of some of the materials used. 
Therefore, in order for the exhibition to be fully accessible to those with very large wheelchairs, mobility scooters and double buggies, we are offering private viewings of the exhibition prior to regular public opening hours (between 10-11am Tue-Fri, 11am-12noon Sun) when invigilators can offer more direct support to safely negotiate the space.

To book a private access viewing of the exhibition, please call our box office at least 48 hours in advance of your visit on 0115 846 7777 (open 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, and 12noon-4pm Sun).