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Tacita Dean announced for Government Art Collection Commission
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
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.
There are so many ways to discover this unusual collection.
The Government Art Collection has a substantial library of images of the Collection and these are available for commercial reproduction, educational or personal use.
This annual print commission is awarded to an outstanding British artist every year for ten years with the support of philanthropists Sybil Robson Orr and Matthew Orr.
After the War, several new works entering the Collection were displayed at 10 Downing Street, reflecting the mood of post-war Britain
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.
Keen to champion Britain’s position in the world, Margaret Thatcher saw the potential of 10 Downing Street as a place to showcase art, and took an active interest in new displays.
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.
Works of art from the Collection are particularly well represented in New York City. The displays show the wide span of the Collection, from portraits and landscapes by 17th-century painters to works by several of Britain’s leading contemporary artists.
Dr Claire FitzGerald, Curator (Modern & Contemporary) tells us about her love for uncovering the stories hidden within the Government Art Collection
Discover interesting and quirky facts about artworks within the Collection.
Find out why art can be useful in international diplomacy, and the Collection’s role in strengthening Britain’s soft power
Works from the Collection are regularly on the move. Find out about what’s needed to make this happen and the job mission of the art works themselves
Find out more about Ways of Seeing, our exciting collaboration this year with Waltham Forest, the first London Borough of Culture.
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.
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 story of not just one but three British Embassies in Germany and the art that has been displayed in them.
James Pryde’s painting, 'The Monument', features in 'James Pryde at Dunecht', at Daniel Katz Gallery, London from 5 October – 20 December 2019
Peas Are The New Beans by Bob and Roberta Smith, a 1993 painting, raised a smile at HM Treasury
Jan Siberechts’ painting ‘View of Longleat’ features in the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of a long-term loan.