A Working Collection
Imagine if the Government Art Collection was a person. Its approach and way of working is close to that of a diplomat or ambassador. Frequently on the move, working hard to make links between the UK and other countries, this collection of historic, modern and contemporary art champions British art and culture and is seen by hundreds of thousands of people at government locations across six continents.
Working around the World
The global flow of the Government Art Collection means that around two-thirds of its works are on show at any one time. Visitors engage with artworks at around 370 government buildings around the world, while visitors to temporary exhibitions in museums and galleries in the UK and abroad often discover works on loan from the Collection. In 2019, as part of Ways of Seeing, a collaborative public project with Waltham Forest Borough of Culture, artworks were displayed in selected schools and libraries, in a shopping mall, a sports centre and even a horse riding centre!
Peas Are The New Beans by Bob and Roberta Smith, a 1993 painting, raised a smile at HM Treasury
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.
GAC historical curator, Dr Laura Popoviciu interviews Paul Brummell, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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.