Display 1: At Work

The first display of works from the Government Art Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery
3 June – 4 September 2011

Now open, At Work is the first of a series of displays based upon works of art from the Government Art Collection. This selection features works chosen by seven public figures who have worked alongside the art in various roles ranging from British High Commissioner to South Africa to Chief of the Intelligence Service.

Howling like dogs, I swallowed solid air

© Zarina Bhimji 2009. All Rights Reserved, DACS

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At Work focuses on the Collection's particular role of promoting British art and contributing to cultural diplomacy in British Government buildings around the world. The display presents works of art selected by Lord Boateng, Samantha Cameron, Nick Clegg, Lord Mandelson, Dame Anne Pringle, Sir John Sawers and Ed Vaizey – all of whom have worked alongside the art in their various offices or residences.

Download the exhibition guide (PDF, 700kb)

If you would like to find out where these works have been displayed around the world, download the location histories guide. (PDF, 1mb)

Visitor Information:

Admission free

Opening hours:
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm
Thursday: 11am - 9pm

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Tour: Government Art Collection
Tuesday 5 July and 2 August, 6.30pm Venue: Government Art Collection, Queen's Yard, 179a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PA
Admission free
A chance to go behind the scenes at the Government Art Collection s central London premises to view works from this world-class collection of British art. Led by curators from the Collection.

Gallery Talk
Thursday 7 July, 7pm Venue: Whitechapel Gallery, Gallery 7
Admission free
Penny Johnson, Director of the Government Art Collection and Daniel F. Herrmann, Curator and Head of MA Curatorial Studies discuss the first display of the GAC exhibition.
With BSL interpretation by Esther Rose Thomas. If you require BSL, please email bsl@whitechapelgallery.org

Talk: Who Do We Think We Are? The Genealogy of the Government Art Collection
Thursday 21 July, 7pm Venue: Whitechapel Gallery, Zilkha Auditorium
Whitechapel ticket price £5/£3 conc.
From Walpole to Wallinger, from the Warsaw Embassy to No 10: an exploration of the intriguing story of the Government Art Collection with Julia Toffolo, Deputy Director and Senior Registrar at the Government Art Collection.