Welcome to the Government Art Collection (GAC) website. The site is very simple to use and we hope you will find the navigation easy to follow. If you get lost, the ‘home’ tab at the top left of every page will always take you to the home page. Here are some useful tips:


GAC Home

The GAC logo in the top left of the screen will always take you back to the home page

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Main navigation bar

Links in this navigation bar will take you to the main channels of the site.

GAC website navigation

Home – Takes you back to the home page of the site
Collection – More than 10,000 works of art at your fingertips
Features – Get to know the Collection by exploring a number of themed articles
Resources – In this section you will find further information on the GAC and the services we offer.
Visit us – Details of how to visit the GAC
Contact us – Details of how to contact the GAC


Links in text pages are underlined in blue and will change to blue text when you move your cursor over them.

Searching this website

The search facility is located at the top right of every page. You can search the Website or the Collection.

Please also see our Collection Search Help page.

Results are sorted by relevance and also indicate the type of document, for example PDF or HTML.

Site Map

The sitemap lists all the links throughout the site, just click on the small arrow to expand each section.

Access Keys

We have provided access keys (press alt and 0 together then enter) for people who need or prefer keyboard shortcuts to navigate.

Downloading files

To download any documents on our website: Click the right-mouse button over the relevant links and choose ‘ Save Target As…’ , you’ll then be able to save the document in the appropriate place on your computer and view offline at your leisure

The majority of our documents are published in Adobe PDF format, and are clearly marked with the file size. Adobe Reader is required to view PDF documents. If you don’t already have it, you can download free from the Adobe website. Other PDF viewers are available such as Nitro or PDF-Xchange both also free.

Visually impaired users whose screen reader software is not compatible with Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or above can find online tools that convert PDF documents into text at the Adobe accessibility website. Please read our accessibility page for more information.

Optimum viewing

This website has been tested on a range of platforms and browsers.

PCs: Internet Explorer 7 or later, Firefox 3 or later, Mozilla 2 or later or Opera 8 or later
Macs: Safari ver 1.3 or later, Firefox 2 or later or Opera 8 or later.

Screen resolutions

The GAC website has been designed to work flexibly across a range of browsers and screen resolutions. We have specified the list of browsers we used to test the site on this page. For information on adjusting the display resolution try the help files in your operating system or consult the manufacturer’s website.


The following three features are not available on the website when the user has browser scripting disabled.

  • Home page
    The carousel image scrolling is not available and only the first image can be viewed.
  • Database pages
    The Artists List and Advanced Search results does not have the “See more works by this artist” feature. The page is displayed with all the “more works expanded sometimes making the results quite long on the Advanced Search page.
  • Featured items
    The horizontal scrolling images function is not available and the images are all displayed below the first large image. Clicking one of the thumbnails displays the associated large image on its own page, i.e. not on the featured item page. The user must then click the browser Previous Page button to return to the featured item page.

Related Pages

Collection search help