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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.
Adapting and reflecting the world around it, the ambition of the Collection is to continue to challenge and acknowledge its historical roots. New acquisitions are considered by subject, theme or an artist’s personal experience, all of which resonate with different aspects of contemporary British society
Paintings by Jessica Dismorr and Winifred Nicholson on loan to the exhibition, 'Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries' at the Pallant House Gallery
The GAC display at the Residence in Beijing portrays a modern, sustainable and innovative Britain. It also underlines its historical and contemporary links to events and individuals, of significance for both nations.
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
Tacita Dean announced for Government Art Collection Commission
There are so many ways to discover this unusual collection.
This annual print commission is awarded to an outstanding British artist every year for ten years with the support of philanthropists Sybil Robson Orr and Matthew Orr.
Discover interesting and quirky facts about artworks within the Collection.
Still Life with Artificial Flowers is an intricate print that evokes a snapshot of the artist’s mother’s front room in Birmingham. Hurvin Anderson graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 1994 and his distinct painting style is informed both by British painters such as Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews and David Hockney as well as a generation of Black British artists, Sonia Boyce, Eddie Chambers and Keith Piper.
The Government Art Collection has a substantial library of images of the Collection and these are available for commercial reproduction, educational or personal use.
Tim Hitchens was Britain’s Ambassador to Japan from 2012–2016 and during that time, the Collection 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 in diplomacy, on his watch.
The mood of post-war Britain was reflected in some of the new works in the collection displayed in the 1950s and 1960s at 10 Downing Street.
Works from the Collection, across three residences in New York City, range from 17th-century portraits to works by Britain’s leading contemporary artists. Find out what the portrait in this picture tells us about Britain’s entangled history with the United States.
Dr Claire FitzGerald, Curator (Modern & Contemporary) tells us about her love for uncovering the stories hidden within the Government Art Collection
Keen to champion Britain’s position in the world, Margaret Thatcher saw the potential of 10 Downing Street as a place to showcase art, and took an active interest in new displays.
Eileen Agar’s painting ‘Guardian of Memories’, features in ‘British Surrealism’, at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, from 26 February – 26 May 2020
Works from the Collection are regularly on the move. Find out what’s needed to make this happen and the job mission of the art works themselves
Find out more about Ways of Seeing, our exciting collaboration this year with Waltham Forest, the first London Borough of Culture.
What's involved in being a GAC historical curator? Dr Laura-Maria Popoviciu takes us on a journey through time and space.
Why the Government has an art collection, what it collects and why the Collection is spread across the world.
The role of the Advisory Committee is to approve the acquisition and commission of works of art and to advise on the policy and stewardship of the Collection. See who the current members are.
Peas Are The New Beans by Bob and Roberta Smith, a 1993 painting, raised a smile among the bean-counters at HM Treasury
The embassy in Germany moved three times in the last century, before returning to the site of the first British Embassy established in 1876. This is the story of those moves and a peek at the art in those embassies.
James Pryde’s painting, 'The Monument', features in 'James Pryde at Dunecht', at Daniel Katz Gallery, London from 5 October – 20 December 2019
What does art have to do with international diplomacy, and how does the Collection help flex Britain’s soft power?
From its informal foundation by ministerial memo back in 1898, historical portraits have formed some of the first purchases of the Collection and they continue to do so today.
Art is one way of remembering Britain’s long-standing historical relationships with other nations. As Britain shifted away from conflict to renegotiate its relationships with others in the postwar era, soft power and cultural diplomacy became increasingly important national and political expressions.
Jan Siberechts’ painting ‘View of Longleat’ features in the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of a long-term loan.
During the Second World War, the funding and provision of art for government buildings and embassies was paused. A small number of works were lost, damaged or destroyed as a result of the hostilities. One exception was Battlefields of Britain by Christopher R. W. Nevinson.
A glimpse of Europe in the 19th century, through a selection of works from the Collection, installed in the British Embassy, Paris.
The British Ambassador's Residence in Budapest, built in 1925, was originally home to Hanna Hódosi and her husband Tibor Scitovszky. Read on to find out why this became significant for the Collection.
The current British Ambassador to Vienna, Leigh Turner, takes us on a guided tour of the Residence to tell its fascinating story (and why he’s so #keenonWien).