Government Art Collection

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


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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. More than 7000 works – over half 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.

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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 tours of our premises and participate in the annual London Open House event, during which visitors are able to 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.

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.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The Tichborne Claimant's Trial, a notorious court case of 1871-72

Art on Trial: The Tichborne Claimant

  • 16 May 2014 6:30-8pm, 8:30-10pm
  • 17 May 2014 6:30-8pm, 8:30-10pm

The Government Art Collection (GAC) welcomes you to an event which recounts the story of the trial, using a painted view of the courtroom drama and original transcripts of the proceedings. There will also be a chance to see ‘behind the scenes’ of the GAC.

After Lady Tichborne learned that her son’s ship had sunk in 1854, she refused to believe Roger Tichborne was dead and made appeals across the world for his return. When a man arrived from Australia claiming to be Roger, she ignored differences in his physical appearance and welcomed her son back. After Lady Tichborne’s death her family disputed ‘Roger’s’ claim to her estate, resulting in the gripping court case depicted in this painting.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Free admission
Booking essential

To book, go to our online booking facility (link below) or telephone 020 7580 9120.