What is the Government Art Collection?
The UK Government Art Collection is a unique cultural resource with a history of collecting and displaying art right at the heart of British government, that spans over 120 years. It is the most dispersed collection of British art in the world today, displayed in more than 365 buildings, in 155 capital cities worldwide.
Do you still collect?
Yes – the Collection continues to grow and tell the ongoing story of UK creativity, capturing the talent and interests of each generation. We collect works by artists who are British or have a connection to Britain, placing them in significant locations and showcasing the UK’s commitment to celebrate our culture in the context of diplomacy.
While the Collection works alongside government, it retains a curatorial independence in how it acquires and displays work. Works are acquired by the Collection curators working with an Advisory Committee consisting of directors of key national art institutions in the UK and independent arts professionals.
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.
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.