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Jan Siberechts’ painting ‘View of Longleat’

Jan Siberechts’ painting ‘View of Longleat’ features in the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of a long-term loan.

Job Vacancies

Current vacancies at the Government Art Collection are advertised here

On Show

Learn about the Collection's latest loans of art to museums and exhibitions

History of the Collection

Art is one way of remembering Britain’s long-standing historical relationships with other nations. As Britain shifted away from conflict to renegotiate its relationships with others in the postwar era, soft power and cultural diplomacy became increasingly important national and political expressions.

A new GAC website

In response to constantly changing technologies and the ways in which people engage with art and visual culture, we are thrilled to unveil our new website.

The Adventures of a Time-Traveller: Researching the Historical Collection

What's involved in being a GAC historical curator? Dr Laura-Maria Popoviciu takes us on a journey through time and space.

Then and Now – Conversations Across History Through the Art at the Paris Embassy.

A glimpse of Europe in the 19th century, through a selection of works from the Collection, installed in the British Embassy, Paris.

A Meeting of Cultures

A new installation of art at the British Embassy in Tehran reminds visitors of the early days of the Embassy, and the longstanding relationship between Britain and Iran.

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 art works themselves

Curating the Contemporary Display for the Paris Embassy

Among the many aspects involved in being Deputy Director and Senior Curator at the Government Art Collection, Eliza Gluckman shares insight into one of her projects: curating the contemporary display in Paris

#keenonWien

The current British Ambassador to Vienna, Leigh Turner, takes us on a guided tour of the Residence to tell its fascinating story (and why he’s so #keenonWien).

James Pryde’s painting, ‘The Monument’

James Pryde’s painting, 'The Monument', features in 'James Pryde at Dunecht', at Daniel Katz Gallery, London from 5 October – 20 December 2019

Collecting for the future

Adapting and reflecting the world around it, the ambition of the Collection is to continue to challenge and acknowledge its historical roots. New acquisitions are considered by subject, theme or an artist’s personal experience, all of which resonate with different aspects of contemporary British society

Curious Facts

Discover interesting and quirky facts about artworks within the Collection.

Portraiture

From its informal foundation by ministerial memo back in 1898, historical portraits have formed some of the first purchases of the Collection and they continue to do so today.

Paintings by Jessica Dismorr and Winifred Nicholson

Paintings by Jessica Dismorr and Winifred Nicholson on loan to the exhibition, 'Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries' at the Pallant House Gallery

Growing the Collection

By the 1930s, diplomats and officials had become accustomed to working alongside historical artworks from the Collection. It was clear that the art had an impact on how the embassy buildings were experienced by visitors.

About

For over 120 years, the Government Art Collection has championed British art, history and culture around the world.

Cultural diplomacy and soft power

Find out why art can be useful in international diplomacy, and the Collection’s role in strengthening Britain’s soft power

Making an entrance: contemporary art at the British Ambassador’s Residence, Beijing

The GAC display at the Residence ties together our efforts of portraying a modern, sustainable and innovative Britain, whilst linking to key historical events and individuals.

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.

Ways of Seeing

Find out more about Ways of Seeing, our exciting collaboration this year with Waltham Forest, the first London Borough of Culture.

When Art Meets Diplomacy

An old map of Romania and a fire-damaged print of London: Britain's Head of Soft Power, recently Ambassador to Romania speaks with our Bucharest-born curator about art and cultural diplomacy.

There’s No Such Word as Impossible: Placing Art on All Walls

Two decades at the GAC: stories from behind-the-scenes as told by Chris Christophorou, Technical Manager

Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Conoid, Sphere, Hollow III’

Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Conoid, Sphere and Hollow II’ features in the first monographic exhibition in Paris dedicated to the leading British sculptor, opening at the Musée Rodin on 5 November 2019.

Digital Photography at the Government Art Collection: Looking Behind the Image

Our Digital Media & Photography Manager, Tony Harris, takes us behind-the-scenes for the careful process of photographing Lucy Skaer’s Me VIII (2012), as part of his job doing the photo-documentation of the Collection.

A new identity to meet the world

Moving away from its imperial past and engaging with a new postwar world order, Britain began building and shaping a new identity at home and abroad.

Robson Orr TenTen Award 2019

Tacita Dean announced for Government Art Collection Commission

Changing art for a changing Britain

The mood of post-war Britain was reflected in some of the new works in the collection displayed in the 1950s and 1960s at 10 Downing Street.

‘A Canvas to Depict the Special Relationship’

Works from the Collection, across three residences in New York City, range from 17th-century portraits to works by Britain’s leading contemporary artists. Find out what the portrait in this picture tells us about Britain’s entangled history with the United States.

Licensing Images

The Government Art Collection has a substantial library of images of the Collection and these are available for commercial reproduction, educational or personal use.

Robson Orr TenTen Award 2018

Still Life with Artificial Flowers is an intricate print that evokes a snapshot of the artist’s mother’s front room in Birmingham. Hurvin Anderson graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 1994 and his distinct painting style is informed both by British painters such as Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews and David Hockney as well as a generation of Black British artists, Sonia Boyce, Eddie Chambers and Keith Piper.

From Bonn to Berlin: the Travels of an Embassy

The embassy in Germany moved three times in the last century, before returning to the site of the first British Embassy established in 1876. This is the story of those moves and a peek at the art in those embassies.

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.

Coming Home

The British Ambassador's Residence in Budapest, built in 1925, was originally home to Hanna Hódosi and her husband Tibor Scitovszky. Read on to find out why this became significant for the Collection.

A Day in the Life: James Morrison, Senior Collection Coordinator

Ever wondered what having a role in Collection is all about. Discover more about a typical day with a member of our Collections team.

Collecting Stories about Art at the GAC

Dr Claire FitzGerald, Curator (Modern & Contemporary) tells us about her love for uncovering the stories hidden within the Government Art Collection

Tristram Hillier’s painting, ‘Fossils (February)’

Tristram Hillier’s painting, ‘Fossils (February)’ features in ‘Landscapes of the Mind: the Art of Tristram Hillier’ at The Museum of Somerset, Taunton from 6 November 2019 – 18 April 2020

A Very Big Bean: the Collection in Japan

Tim Hitchens was Britain’s Ambassador to Japan from 2012–2016 and during that time, the Collection 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 in diplomacy, on his watch.