About

For over 120 years, the Government Art Collection has championed British art, history and culture around the world. Find out how it all began and the many different ways the Collection is developed and maintained today.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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.