Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Government Art Collection to go on public display

3rd December 2010

The works held in the Government Art Collection are to go on display to the public for the first time from June next year.

Five free exhibitions will be held over the summer of 2011 to showcase some of the 13,500-plus works that are held in the collection, with a number of political figures to select the pieces involved.

The first show will include works chosen by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, New Labour stalwart Peter Mandelson and culture minister Ed Vaizey.

Penny Johnson, director of the collection, told the Guardian: 'The Government Art Collection has been in existence since 1898, but this is the first time in its 113-year history that people will be able to walk in off the street to see it.'

The collection - which was bought using taxpayers' money and usually adorns the walls of British embassies, consulates and ministerial buildings - includes works from artists such as John Constable, L.S. Lowry, William Hogarth and Lucian Freud.

Speaking to Sky News, art critic Dr Richard Cork praised the variety of works found in the Government Art Collection, noting that it includes pieces by historically important artists as well as younger talent.
 

Latest Blog
Foyles' Find Your Way Through ... Depression
24/04/2017

How the tv series 13 Reasons Why and Prince Harry's revelations about his own mental health have both sparked important debates about teen wellbeing.

Meg Howrey on the Impossibility of Avoiding Science in Fiction
24/04/2017

As her new book, The Wanderers, is published, exclusively for Foyles, Meg Howrey discusses why all writers of contemporary fiction are going to have to deal with science, and the interesting things that happen between and beyond the categories.

Sara Paretsky Recalls a Childhood as the 'Town Giraffe' in Lawrence, Kansas
20/04/2017

As her new V I Warshawski novel, Fallout, is published, Sara Paretsky recalls her childhood in Lawrence, Kansas and how the town has provided the inspiration and setting for several of her novels, including Fallout.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd