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What “hangs” behind that door?

Here is your chance to find out…

Did you know that the British Government has an Art Collection whose sole purpose is to adorn the walls of government buildings, embassies and offices here in Britain and around the world? Works of art from the Government Art Collection (GAC) are displayed in UK Government buildings in nearly every capital city. The role of the Collection is to promote British art while contributing to cultural diplomacy. Since 1898, the Collection has grown (from 5 Portraits) and now contains over 13,500 works of art from the 16th century to the present day by mainly British artists in a broad range of media.

From November 15-21, members of the public (you and I) are invited to enjoy an evening tour, focusing on the unique stories behind the Collection.

GAC curators will be leading the tours, exploring how art is used in ministerial offices, from the purpose of art in Government buildings, to the choosing of works and their installation. You will view works of art currently at the main GAC building and discover which Government buildings they have been displayed in and the many public figures who have acted as temporary guardians. There will also be an opportunity to see behind the scenes areas of the building.

Tours will focus on works by 20th and 21st century artists, including Walter Sickert, John Piper, R. B. Kitaj and several contemporary artists.
Pre-1900 works, include paintings by Albert Goodwin, Gerrit van Honthorst, Daniel Mytens and an unusual work recently attributed to Sir Joshua Reynolds. The story of the paintings before they entered the GAC, including former owners and their residences, will also be explored.

Modern & Contemporary Art in Office
A Tour of the Government Art Collection
Friday 15 November 2013
6.30 to 7.30pm

Historical Painting in Office
A Tour of the Government Art Collection
Monday 18 November 2013
6.30 to 7.30pm

Modern & Contemporary Art in Office
A Tour of the Government Art Collection
Wednesday 20 November 2013
6.30 to 7.30pm

Historical Painting in Office
A Tour of the Government Art Collection
Thursday 21 November 2013
6.30 to 7.30pm

This event is free but booking is essential. To book a place go to the online booking page or call 020 7580 9120 during office hours.

If these dates cannot be juggled into your busy social calendar, fear not, you can reserve a place next year on the GAC website .

I found the GAC website fascinating. You can search by country what artwork is on loan all over the world, including, by the way, Downing Street!

Take a look!

Government Art Collection
Queens Yard
179a Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7PA

Telephone: 020 ​7580 ​9120
www.​gac.​culture.​gov.​uk

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