Parliament Week 2013

This year the Government Art Collection (GAC) is taking part in Parliament Week, which aims to increase awareness of Parliament and its work. You are invited to enjoy an evening tour, focusing on the unique stories behind the Collection.

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GAC curators will lead evening tours, exploring how art is used in ministerial offices, from the purpose of art in Government buildings, to the choosing of works and their installation. You will view works of art currently at the main GAC building and discover which Government buildings they have been displayed in and the many public figures who have acted as temporary guardians. There will also be an opportunity to see behind the scenes areas of the building.

Nicky Hodge and Chantal Condron will lead tours focusing on works by 20th and 21st century artists, including Walter Sickert, John Piper, R. B. Kitaj and several contemporary artists.

Philippa Martin will lead tours of pre-1900 works, including paintings by Albert Goodwin, Gerrit van Honthorst, Daniel Mytens and an unusual work recently attributed to Sir Joshua Reynolds. The story of the paintings before they entered the GAC, including former owners and their residences, will also be explored.