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government art collection

The Government Art Collection holds over 13,500 works of art by British artists. These works help promote British art and culture.

With works of art spanning five centuries, the Government Art Collection (GAC) is the largest most dispersed collection of British art in the world. Two thirds of the Collection is usually on display in British Government buildings in nearly every capital city. Placed in offices and official residences, the Collection, which dates from 1898, helps to promote British art and history while contributing to cultural diplomacy.

'Revealed: Government Art Collection' exhibition

Currently on view, the exhibition 'Revealed: Government Art Collection' brings together nearly 200 works spanning the breadth of the Collection from 16th century to the present, at:

  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - until 24 February 2013
  • Ulster Museum, Belfast - from 15 March to 9 June 2013

GAC website

Visit the GAC website to view the Collection, listen to artists’ interviews, learn the history of the GAC and much more.