Representation of the People Project 2018-28
What we will do next
In 2020 the Government Art Collection moved from temporary accommodation into a space in central London, opening again to the public for behind-the-scenes tours from 2022. Our public programme will go beyond London working with partners and communities across the UK. We recently worked with Waltham Forest Borough of Culture for the ‘Ways of Seeing’ project showing artworks in non-museum public spaces, and are now working on projects in Coventry, as part of the City of Culture programme.
We are working with a group of Critical Friends to ensure there are opinions and voices from multiple perspectives in our programme and digital engagement. Internally, all staff meet once a month to discuss issues of representation together. Recent meetings included a discussion on Akala’s book, Natives; and a discussion led by Amani Saeed, Anti-Racism Programme Lead at DCMS. We are currently reviewing and evaluating our work to develop clear objectives and commitments around our Representation of the People project. We will continue to identify areas we need to change or nurture and to highlight our findings and changes going forward.
We acknowledge that these actions are part of a longer process of learning and dialogue, and we are committed to making change so that the Collection evolves in a manner that is wholly representative to all audiences.