Government Art Collection
Government Art Collection
Queens Yard, 179a Tottenham Court Road
020 7580 9120
020 7580 9130
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.
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.
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
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.
Art on Trial: The Tichborne Claimant
- 16 May 2014 6:30-8pm, 8:30-10pm
- 17 May 2014 6:30-8pm, 8:30-10pm
You are invited to an event that evokes a famous Victorian trial. Surrounded by courtroom scenes, learn the fascinating story of the Tichborne Claimant’s Trial (1871-72).
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 opposed ‘Roger’s’ claim to her estate, which led to a gripping court case.
The Government Art Collection painting of the trial was made for the Globe Tavern in East London, where two important witnesses were the landlady and her daughter. Learn the fascinating story of this notorious case through images and enjoy a display of works celebrating the history of the British courtroom.
To book, go to our online booking facility (link below) or telephone 020 7580 9120.