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Art Collections at Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council is fortunate to have a significant art collection which includes work by artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallis and Patrick Heron. The calibre of the collection reflects Cornwall's significance in the art world from the Nineteenth Century to the present day. The majority of this work forms the Schools Art Collection which was started in 1961. Find out more about the history of the Schools Art Collection

The paintings, prints and sculptures in the Schools Art Collection are currently managed by the Royal Cornwall Museum. The museum organises loans of the works to schools, an exhibition programme, educational workshops and learning resources and occasional loans to local museums and galleries.

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The Leach Pottery in St Ives manages the ceramic works that are part of the collection and these can be enjoyed as part of a visit to the studio, museum and gallery there.

In addition to this there are a handful of works that the Council has acquired that are on display at Council offices. Alongside these there are also a number of commemorative items such as photographs and plaques that have been donated to the Council.

View a list of the Council's Art Collections.

We are often asked how much the collections are worth, however please note that we are unable to make this information public due to security reasons.

Find out more about oil paintings that are in public ownership throughout the UK by visiting the Art UK website.

In addition there are also substantial collections of artefacts in the ownership of the Council that are managed by the following organisations The Museum of Cornish Life, Geevor Tin Mine Museum and Penlee House Gallery and Museum.