Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always

An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition

Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always brings together a range of artworks that explores how popular culture, and its vast compendium of imagery, words and materials has influenced recent contemporary art. With a focus on the provocative, liberating and seductive power of music and film, the exhibition considers how popular culture has continued to be a source of inspiration for artists, while also reflecting on a diverse range of themes from subculture, fandom and marginal communities, to individual, collective and national identities.

Encompassing painting, film, photography, sculpture and installation, it features artworks from the Arts Council Collection and Towner Collection created by eleven leading artists; Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Graham Gussin, Anthea Hamilton, Jim Lambie, Mark Leckey, Mario Rossi, Kelly Richardson, Ross Sinclair, John Stezaker and Matt Stokes. The title of the exhibition takes its name from The Smiths song Shoplifters of the World Unite, a track featured as part of the album The World Won’t Listen, and referred to in Phil Collins work dűnya dinlemiyor.

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Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always is curated by Brian Cass, Head of Exhibitions, with Robert Dingle, Independent Curator.


  • Phil Collins, dünya dinlemiyor, 2005. © the artist.  Part funded by the 9th International Istanbul Biennial. Courtesy Shady Lane Productions, Berlin and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
  • Jeremy Deller, The Uses of Literacy, 1997, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Installation view ‘Joy In People’, Hayward Gallery, London, 2012. Courtesy of The Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. Image courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photo: Mark Blower.
  • John Stezaker, Psycho Montage III (The Mirror), 1978. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist. Gift of the artist 2011
  • Mark Leckey, Parade, 2003. Courtesy the Artist and Cabinet, London.© the artist. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. Part funded by the Film and Video Umbrella.
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