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In which buildings do you display works of art?

Works of art are displayed in approximately 370 Government buildings in the UK and abroad. This includes 10 Downing Street, Lancaster House, and the main Whitehall departments. Diplomatic posts abroad include Embassies, Residences, High Commissions and Consulates-General in most countries.

Where are works of art displayed?

In order for the GAC to achieve its purpose of promoting British art, culture and history, works of art are displayed mainly in the public and representational areas of Government buildings. These include reception rooms, ministerial and ambassadorial offices, entrance halls, corridors and conference rooms.

How do you decide which works go where?

GAC curators research the location and consider what sort of display might be best suited to the building and the country. We then work closely with ministers, diplomats and their staff in selecting works of art. Various factors are taken into account, including appropriateness of subject matter, suitability of medium, and the availability of works of art. Where possible we draw out cultural or historic connections between a work and the department or country in which it is displayed.