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Government Art Collection

The Government Art Collection collects works of art to display in British Government buildings around the world, promoting British art and culture.

Data on works of art in the Collection includes artist, title, subject, location, provenance, description of the work and biographical information about artists for many of the 11,000 works of art on the website.

The files in the release cover * Places * Sitter Letters * Subjects * Object Title * Object Subjects * Object Sitter * Object Maker * Object Places * Object * Object Locations * Makes * Maker Letters

The data is normally updated once a month.

While there are references to images of works of art in these data streams, the images are subject to UK copyright law. Information about licenses and image copyright is available on the site.

Used In Anger

Data from the GAC has been incorporated in to the BBC/PCF 'Your Paintings' site.

Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country.

Technical Details

This section is the technical stuff: for a developer audience. Feels like a readme

Dataset Size

Entries for 11k+ works of art


Collection data under the OGL, but images may be copyright.

Contact information

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