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What is the Government Art Collection?

Why the Government has an art collection, what it collects and why the Collection is spread across the world.

Robson Orr TenTen Award 2019

Tacita Dean announced for Government Art Collection Commission

Art technicians installing a print containing the text COURAGE INSPIRATION SWEAT LOVE THE PARALYMPICS 2012

On Show

Learn about the Collection's latest loans of art to museums and exhibitions

The pianola installed in an exhibition with the two related prints hung on the walls behind it

Explore the Collection

There are so many ways to discover this unusual collection.

“The GAC display at the Residence ties together our efforts of portraying a modern, sustainable and innovative Britain, whilst linking to key historical events and individuals. The artwork is often commented on positively by visitors.”

Dame Barbara Woodward, HMA Beijing

GAC Roles in Action

Looking after over 14000 works of art, our staff bring expertise, passion and pragmatism to their roles. Discover what happens behind the scenes at the GAC.

a textile work on the wall

History of the Collection

Art is one way of remembering Britain’s long-standing historical relationships with other nations. As Britain has shifted away from conflict and renegotiated its relationship with others in the postwar era, soft power and cultural diplomacy have become increasingly important national and political expressions.

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A Working Collection

Works from the Collection are regularly on the move. Find out about what’s needed to make this happen and the job mission of the art works themselves