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Commissions and Displays

Coconuts, burrs and a Mayor

With British Folk Art at the Tate, Homer Sykes's photographs of bizarre customs take on new life

The Burry Man, South Queensferry, Lothian by Homer Sykes
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Abstract but not absent

What do we mean by an abstract painting? Looking at GAC works finds some surprising connections ...

Fireeye Elevator by Michael Stubbs
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Pictures of the Coronation

We revisit pictures in the Collection that provide a visual record of the Queen's Coronation Day

Troops in the Mall by Edward Bawden
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A glimpse behind the scenes

Andrew Grassie's paintings of Downing Street and the GAC's Sculpture Store

The Pillard Room at 10 Downing Street
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Lost and found

How found objects continue to inspire contemporary artists

Our Distant Relatives
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Illustrating Lord Byron's life

Our portrait of the Romantic poet is one of several works that shed light on his heroic image

Lord Byron
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Mapping the world

How mapping and a sense of place remain the concerns of many artists drawing today

Projection 92006)
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Garden landscapes

From the classical symmetry of the formal garden to the blackened leaves of a rosebush

Bird With Intestinal Self Portrait