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A Very Big Bean: Art in an Embassy

Tim Hitchens was Britain’s Ambassador to Japan from 2012–2016 and during that time, the GAC worked with him to curate new displays of art for the Embassy and Residence in Tokyo. In this interview from 2015, he reflects on the role that art played on site.

Tristram Hillier’s painting, ‘Fossils (February)’

Tristram Hillier’s painting, ‘Fossils (February)’ features in ‘Landscapes of the Mind: the Art of Tristram Hillier’ at The Museum of Somerset, Taunton from 6 November 2019 – 18 April 2020

Digital Photography at the Government Art Collection: Looking Behind the Image

Our Digital Media & Photography Manager, Tony Harris, takes us behind-the-scenes for the careful process of photographing Lucy Skaer’s Me VIII (2012), as part of his job doing the photo-documentation of the Collection.

Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Conoid, Sphere, Hollow III’

Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Conoid, Sphere and Hollow II’ features in the first monographic exhibition in Paris dedicated to the leading British sculptor, opening at the Musée Rodin on 5 November 2019.

Cultural diplomacy and soft power

Find out why art can be useful in international diplomacy, and the Collection’s role in strengthening Britain’s soft power

Collecting Stories about Art at the GAC

Dr Claire FitzGerald, Curator (Modern & Contemporary) tells us about her love for uncovering the stories hidden within the Government Art Collection

Making an entrance: contemporary art at the British Ambassador’s Residence, Beijing

The GAC display at the Residence ties together our efforts of portraying a modern, sustainable and innovative Britain, whilst linking to key historical events and individuals.

Ways of Seeing

Find out more about Ways of Seeing, our exciting collaboration this year with Waltham Forest, the first London Borough of Culture.

A Working Collection

Works from the Collection are regularly on the move. Find out about what’s needed to make this happen and the job mission of the art works themselves

A Day in the Life: James Morrison, Senior Collections Coordinator

Ever wondered what having a role in Collection is all about. Discover more about a typical day with a member of our Collections team.

Curious Facts

Discover interesting and quirky facts about artworks within the Collection.

When Art Meets Diplomacy

GAC historical curator, Dr Laura Popoviciu interviews Paul Brummell, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.