Received Wisdom

1 February – 10 May 2020

FREE / No booking required

In the first of our brand-new series of Arts Council Collection National Partner exhibitions, we present Received Wisdom – a thought provoking exhibition that takes its title from an artwork of the same name by artist Amikam Toren which poses the question – Who is deemed ‘creative’?

Received Wisdom challenges the notion that creativity, boundary-breaking and dynamism are the preserve of youth. The exhibition presents a body of work created by artists working in their later years and challenges ideas about what is expected of us at different stages in our lives.


Want to know more? Get involved in the exciting and varied programme of activities and events that accompany this exhibition:

-Hear Jill Constantine, Director of the Arts Council Collection give a talk on the Art Council Collection’s 74-year history

-Watch the Welcome to the Collection film, made by our fabulous local Art Champions (enjoy the film in the cosy surroundings of our brand-new visitor area, the Art Lounge!)

-Join our staff and volunteer guides on a tour of the highlights of the exhibition

-Explore the themes of Received Wisdom in our Family Fun activities and workshops during February Half Term

-Develop your inner artist with our art classes for adults

-Make time for art this Easter with our family fun activities and workshops for young people


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