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Licensing Images

The Government Art Collection has a substantial library of images of the Collection and these are available for commercial reproduction, educational or personal use.


Please note that if the work of art is in copyright, you are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance from the artist or artist's estate. In the UK, copyright in artistic works generally lasts for the lifetime of the artist plus 70 years after their death.  Make sure you read and understand the Copyright page before proceeding.

How to obtain a licence

Please read the following documents, which explain how to obtain and use our images and give information on our charges. VAT at 20% will added the prices shown below for UK & EU customers only.


To order images follow the instructions set out below:

Download the appropriate application form.


The application forms are in rich text format for which you will need a text editor such as Microsoft Word, Wordpad or LibreOffice. You can download a free editor from the LibreOffice website.

Edit and return the completed application form by email to: gac@culture.gov.uk, print and fax to 020 7211 2429 or post to:

Government Art Collection
Queen's Yard
179a Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 7PA

On receipt of your application form, we will send you an invoice and additional information. We will also issue a Reproduction Agreement to confirm the use of the image (where necessary).

When you receive your invoice, payment can be made by one of the following methods:

  • cheque (pounds sterling only)
  • bank transfer

    Please do not submit any payments until an invoice has been issued. When we have received your payment the item(s) will be dispatched.

    Please Note

    • The applicant is responsible for obtaining copyright clearance – usually copyright in works of art remain the property of the artist or artist's estate for the life of the artist plus 70 years.
    • Even if a work of art appears on this website, photographic material may not necessarily be available in every instance.
    • At least three weeks should be allowed for the processing of applications.
    • Please do not submit any payments until an invoice has been issued.
    • Payments by cash cannot be accepted.
    • Cheques must be in pounds sterling.
    • The applicant is responsible for all bank charges when submitting any remittance.

    Sample Reproduction Agreements

    If you wish to inspect the terms of our Reproduction Agreements for commercial use the following two documents are samples of the two types of agreement we offer for commercial users.

    Related Pages

    Copyright