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Battlefields of Britain

During the Second World War, the funding and provision of art for government buildings and embassies was paused. 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.

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.

Spoliation

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

A Day in the Life: James Morrison, Senior Collection 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.

Digital Photography at the Government Art Collection: Looking Behind the Image

Our Digital Media & Photography Manager, Tony Harris, takes us behind-the-scenes for the careful process of photographing Lucy Skaer’s Me VIII (2012), as part of his job doing the photo-documentation of the Collection.

Explore the Collection

There are so many ways to discover this unusual collection.

The Origins of the Collection

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

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

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.

A Meeting of Cultures

A new installation of art at the British Embassy in Tehran reminds visitors of the early days of the Embassy, and the longstanding relationship between Britain and Iran.

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.

A new demand for art

The social background of ministers and ambassadors, rising up the ranks of Britains diplomatic workforce began to change after the First World War. Fewer appointees had access to personal art collections this led to a lack of art in Britain's embassy buildings overseas, which became increasingly acknowledged.

The Adventures of a Time-Traveller: Researching the Historical Collection

What's involved in being a GAC historical curator? Dr Laura-Maria Popoviciu takes us on a journey through time and space.

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

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 art works themselves

From Decoration to Diplomacy

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

A Very Big Bean: the Collection in Japan

Tim Hitchens was Britain’s Ambassador to Japan from 2012–2016 and during that time, the Collection 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 in diplomacy, on his watch.

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

Ways of Seeing

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

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

Changing art for a changing Britain

The mood of post-war Britain was reflected in some of the new works in the collection displayed in the 1950s and 1960s at 10 Downing Street.

Reports

Our combined annual report and acquisition lists are published in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

When Art Meets Diplomacy

An old map of Romania and a fire-damaged print of London: Britain's Head of Soft Power, recently Ambassador to Romania speaks with our Bucharest-born curator about art and cultural diplomacy.

Then and Now – Conversations Across History Through the Art at the Paris Embassy.

A glimpse of Europe in the 19th century, through a selection of works from the Collection, installed in the British Embassy, Paris.