An exhibition of 48 paintings selected by Colin MacInnes, Michael Middleton and Nan Youngman from the British Council Collection. The idea for this exhibition came as the result of a lecture tour in East Africa in 1955 given by Colin McInnes, who reported back on the need for an 'exhibition of originals for a public, which, while full of enthusiasm had had little or no opportunity for seeing western painting other than in reproduction'. A catalogue, with an introduction by Michael Middleton, was published to accompany the show. No ISBN number.

The exhibition toured in Central and East Africa: Uganda; in February 1957 in Moshi, Tanganyika; Zanzibar; in March 1957 in Blantyre-Limbe, Nyasaland; in June 1957 in Ndola, Rhodesia; and Dar-es-Salaam,Tanzania and from 5 March to 2 April 1959 in Mauritius.