Government Art Collection

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The Government Art Collection is a unique British cultural resource, which operates within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Works of art from the Collection are displayed in British Government buildings both in the United Kingdom and around the world, playing a significant role in promoting British art and culture across diverse and international environments. Over 14,000 works – over two-thirds of the Collection – are now listed on our website. Whenever possible, we lend works of art to public exhibitions, both in the UK and abroad.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

The GAC is primarily a working collection and does not have a designated exhibition space open to the public. However, we do offer group evening tours and lunchtime tours of our premises. We participate in the annual London Open House and Museums at Night events, during which visitors can see some of the works returned for conservation or awaiting selection. Group tours are for established groups (maximum of 20 people each) and must be pre-booked. Academics or museum professionals who wish to research particular works should contact us in advance to find out about the availability of the works and possible viewing arrangements.

Admission charges

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Additional info

Group tours are for established groups (maximum of 20 people each) and must be pre-booked. Visitor lunchtime tours are also available to book in advance - please see the 'Visit Us' page on our website

Dating from 1898, the Government Art Collection now holds approximately 12,000 works of art by British artists in a variety of media, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles and video works, from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Items from this collection

Collection details

Film and Media, Fine Art, Photography, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Artists represented in the Collection include John Constable, William Hogarth, Lucian Freud, Paul Nash, Barbara Hepworth, Michael Landy, Bridget Riley and Emma Kay.

Government Art Collection
Queens Yard, 179a Tottenham Court Road
Greater London


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