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Fascinating stories await in the collection for you to discover and explore

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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.

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 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.

#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).

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 in Paris today.

From Bonn to Berlin: the Travels of an Embassy

The story of not just one but three British Embassies in Germany and the art displayed in them.

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.

When Art Meets Diplomacy

GAC historical curator, Dr Laura Popoviciu interviews Paul Brummell, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

A Very Big Bean: Art in an Embassy

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.

Peas Are The New Beans

Peas Are The New Beans by Bob and Roberta Smith, a 1993 painting, raised a smile at HM Treasury

A Tale of Seven Cities

Take a journey around the world with the GAC and learn more about the contexts in which our works are displayed

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