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 ways in which the Collection has developed across time.

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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?

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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.

Roles in Action

Looking after over 14,700 works of art, our staff bring expertise, passion and pragmatism to their roles. Discover what happens behind the scenes through a series of interviews and accounts.

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 what’s needed to make this happen and the job mission of the artworks themselves

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Explore the Collection

There are so many ways to discover this unusual collection. Apply creative ways to search and enjoy the Collection.