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.

A slab of concrete against an orange background

Art X-UK

Art X-UK is the Government Art Collection's yearly project supporting work by artists across the UK, alongside regional and national partners across the UK.

a painting of two women in a seaside house with stormy seas behind

Explore the Collection

There are so many ways to discover this unusual collection. Search for an artist, type in a capital city or be surprised by the loudest artwork is in the 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, former British Ambassador to China

An atrium showing two works of art

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.

The words art spark are in pink. The 'a' in spark is surrounded by a magnifying glass. Underneath, in pink, it says 'ignite ideas and imagine' and this is underlined by a bold, pink line.


Get closer to artworks in the Collection with ArtSpark, our free learning resource. Teachers and families will find plenty of ideas and inspiration to support classroom, home and online learning.