STRANGER THAN FICTION From the Arts Council Collection Forthcoming exhibition Image: Ian Breakwell, No One Can Tell, 1993.

Black and white photograph Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London. This exhibition of photographs, video and film by artists living in Britain explores personal and invented narrative.

A notable feature of recent practice is the revelation of a potent and at times exotic world where truth is often more curious than fiction and fiction is made more powerful through fact. Jananne Al-Ani explores Western perceptions of women in the Middle East; Zineb Sedira's triptych of life-sized veiled figures confounds prejudiced perceptions of veiled women.

The self is a readily available subject for art investigating identity: Kenny McLeod presents the 'real' Robbie Fraser in a series of baffling video fragments; Gavin Turk's monumental triptych Oi! is more a comment on the art world than a personal statement.

If truth is being adhered to, it too may be enhanced - in the light of childhood by Tracey Emin for example, in her up-beat Margate video.

Video and film here are vehicles for elusive and enchanting fictions. Film director Isaac Julien takes time with his collaborator, the dancer and choreographer Javier de Frutos, to lead the viewer on a seductive journey drenched in colour and sunlight.

The exhibition will also include works by Faisal Abdu' Allah, Zarina Bhimji, Richard Billingham, Lisa Cheung, AK Dolven, Sunil Gupta, Graham Gussin, Jaki Irvine, Sarah Jones, Steve McQueen, Seamus Nicholson, Julian Opie, Keith Piper and Jane and Louis Wilson. TOUR DATES 24 April 2004 - 6 June 2004 Leeds, City Art Gallery 10 July 2004 - 12 September 2004 Carlisle, Tullie House 18 September 2004 - 7 November 2004 Aberystwyth Arts Centre 13 November 2004 - 9 January 2005 Lincoln, Usher Gallery 15 January 2005 - 27 February 2005 AVAILABLE 5 March 2005 - 17 April 2005 AVAILABLE 23 April 2005 - 5 June 2005 AVAILABLE TOUR CONTINUES Booking Enquiries Please contact Alison Maun or telephone 020 7960 5222.