What is the Government Art Collection?
The UK Government Art Collection is a unique cultural resource. It has a history of collecting and displaying art for over 120 years, right at the heart of British government. It is the most dispersed collection of British art in the world today, with works displayed in more than 365 buildings, in 155 capital cities worldwide.
Do you still collect?
Yes we do. The Collection continues to grow, capturing the talent and interests of each generation. We collect works by artists who are British or have a connection to Britain, and place this art in significant locations; celebrating and showcasing the UK’s commitment to culture in the context of diplomacy.
While the Collection works alongside government, it retains a curatorial independence in its acquisitions and displays of art. Works are acquired by the Collection curators, with input from an Advisory Committee comprising of directors of 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.