Museum In Residence at Number 10: The Herbert

Every year, the Government Art Collection has worked with a museum or gallery collection from outside London to showcase artworks in 10 Downing Street.

Lubaina Himid standing in from of her TenTen print against a red wall

Robson Orr TenTen Award 2021

In 2021, Lubaina Himid CBE was awarded the Robson Orr TenTen Award 2021 for her print commission Old Boat, New Weather.

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. Apply creative ways to search and enjoy the Collection.

The Platinum Jubilee

Celebrate the Jubilee with the Government Art 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, British Ambassador to China

Two art handlers hang a picture on a wall under the direction of a curator

What is the Government Art Collection?

Why does the Government have an art collection? What does it collect? Why is the Collection spread across the world?

a textile work on the wall

History of the Collection

Art is one way of remembering Britain’s long-standing relationships with other nations. Learn about the history of the Collection and its role in British cultural diplomacy.

interior of an art store with two people checking works of art

A working collection

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