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New York, New York, what a wonderful town!

Works of art from the Collection are particularly well represented in New York City. The displays show the wide span of the Collection, from portraits and landscapes by 17th-century painters to works by several of Britain’s leading contemporary artists.

Battlefields of Britain

The funding and provision of art for government buildings and embassies paused during the Second World War. A small number of works were lost, damaged or destroyed as a result of the hostilities. One exception was Battlefields of Britain by Christopher R. W. Nevinson.

Advisory Committee

The role of the Advisory Committee is to approve the acquisition and commission of works of art and to advise on the policy and stewardship of the Collection. See who the current members are.

Coming Home

In 1925, a Hungarian nobleman of Polish origins, named Tibor Scitovszky de Nagyker, and his wife Hanna, built and occupied an elegant villa in neo-baroque style in the hills of Buda in Hungary.

A new GAC website

In response to constantly changing technologies and the ways in which people engage with art and visual culture, we are thrilled to unveil our new website.

Partnership Projects

The Government Art Collection is committed to working with different partners to create opportunities to support and promote the Collection, finding new ways to reach wider audiences.

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

Peas Are The New Beans

Peas Are The New Beans by Bob and Roberta Smith, a 1993 painting, raised a smile at HM Treasury

A new identity to meet the world

Moving away from its imperial past and engaging with a new postwar world order, Britain began building and shaping a new identity at home and abroad.

A Showcase for Art

Keen to champion Britain’s position in the world, Margaret Thatcher saw the potential of 10 Downing Street as a place to showcase art, and took an active interest in new displays.

Collecting for the future

Adapting and reflecting the world around it, the ambition of the Collection is to continue to challenge and acknowledge its historical roots. New acquisitions are considered by subject, theme or an artist’s personal experience, all of which resonate with different aspects of contemporary British society

Meeting a demand for art

The lack of art in embassy buildings was increasingly acknowledged after the First World War, during a period when the background of new ministers and ambassadors rising up through the ranks of Britain’s diplomatic workforce slowly started to change.

Changing art for a changing Britain

After the War, several new works entering the Collection were displayed at 10 Downing Street, reflecting the mood of post-war Britain

Cultural diplomacy and soft power

Find out why art can be useful in international diplomacy, and the Collection’s role in strengthening Britain’s soft power

A Very Big Bean: Art in an Embassy

Tim Hitchens was Britain’s Ambassador to Japan from 2012–2016 and during that time, the GAC worked with him to curate new displays of art for the Embassy and Residence in Tokyo. In this interview from 2015, he reflects on the role that art played on site.

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.

The Robson Orr TenTen Award

This annual print commission is awarded to an outstanding British artist every year for ten years with the support of philanthropists Sybil Robson Orr and Matthew Orr.

#keenonWien

The British Ambassador’s Residence in Vienna opened in 1875. It has the distinction of being one of the earliest buildings constructed for that purpose which remains in use as a British Ambassador’s Residence.

Collecting Stories about Art at the GAC

Dr Claire FitzGerald, Curator (Modern & Contemporary) tells us about her love for uncovering the stories hidden within the Government Art Collection

Curating the Contemporary Display for the Paris Embassy

Among the many aspects involved in being Deputy Director and Senior Curator at the Government Art Collection, Eliza Gluckman shares insight into one of her projects: curating the contemporary display in Paris

James Pryde’s painting, ‘The Monument’

James Pryde’s painting, 'The Monument', features in 'James Pryde at Dunecht', at Daniel Katz Gallery, London from 5 October – 20 December 2019

Paintings by Jessica Dismorr and Winifred Nicholson

Paintings by Jessica Dismorr and Winifred Nicholson on loan to the exhibition, 'Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries' at the Pallant House Gallery

Bonn to Berlin: an Embassy’s Journey

The story of not just one but three British Embassies in Germany and the art that has been displayed in them.

Portraiture

From its informal foundation by ministerial memo back in 1898, historical portraits have formed some of the first purchases of the Collection and they continue to do so today.

Growing the Collection

By the 1930s, diplomats and officials became accustomed to working alongside historical artworks from the Collection and it was clear that art in embassies had an impact on how these buildings were experienced by visitors.

When Art Meets Diplomacy

GAC historical curator, Dr Laura Popoviciu interviews Paul Brummell, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

A Meeting of Cultures

This series presented by Dr Laura-Maria Popoviciu, marks a new installation of works of art from the Government Art Collection at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Tehran.

From Pauline Borghese to Queen Victoria. The Paris Embassy between Legacy and Ceremony

In this blog, Dr Laura Popoviciu gives an insight into the history of the British Embassy in Paris during the 19th century through a selection of historical works of art on loan to the embassy from the Government Art Collection.

Making an entrance: contemporary art at the British Ambassador’s Residence, Beijing

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.

Tristram Hillier’s painting, ‘Fossils (February)’

Tristram Hillier’s painting, ‘Fossils (February)’ features in ‘Landscapes of the Mind: the Art of Tristram Hillier’ at The Museum of Somerset, Taunton from 6 November 2019 – 18 April 2020

Robson Orr TenTen Award 2019

Tacita Dean announced for Government Art Collection Commission

A Day in the Life: James Morrison, Senior Collections Coordinator

Ever wondered what having a role in Collection is all about. Discover more about a typical day with a member of our Collections team.

Ways of Seeing

Find out more about Ways of Seeing, our exciting collaboration this year with Waltham Forest, the first London Borough of Culture.

From Decoration to Diplomacy

Images of British monarchs and famous figures brought a sense of stature to entrance halls and state rooms. The presence of works like these in embassies, started to raise awareness of the powerful cultural diplomatic role that art could play.

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 Tale of Seven Cities

Take a journey around the world with the GAC and learn more about the contexts in which our works are displayed

Explore the Collection

There are so many ways to discover this unusual collection.

Robson Orr TenTen Award 2018

Still Life with Artificial Flowers is an intricate print that evokes a snapshot of the artist’s mother’s front room in Birmingham. Hurvin Anderson graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 1994 and his distinct painting style is informed both by British painters such as Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews and David Hockney as well as a generation of Black British artists, Sonia Boyce, Eddie Chambers and Keith Piper.

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Licensing Images

The Government Art Collection has a substantial library of images of the Collection and these are available for commercial reproduction, educational or personal use.

The Origins of the Collection

The Government Art Collection dates back to 1899 when a small number of portraits and landscapes were bought for government offices as an economical way of sprucing up tired-looking rooms in Whitehall.

Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Conoid, Sphere, Hollow III’

Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Conoid, Sphere and Hollow II’ features in the first monographic exhibition in Paris dedicated to the leading British sculptor, opening at the Musée Rodin on 5 November 2019.

Spoliation

Spoliation of works of art during the Holocaust and World War II period