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An oil on panel by an unknown artist now in the public domain titled Portrait of Elizabeth I of England is held by the British Government Art Collection and on display at the British Embassy in Washington, DC Photo courtesy of Government Art Collection/Wikimedia

October 10 (UPI) — A huge UK government-owned art collection will receive its first public exhibition space in London next year.

The aptly named Government Art Collection, headquartered in the old Admiralty building, is now only open to guests but has long wanted to provide a space to show its nearly 15,000 works to the public, reported The Art Newspaper.

“In 2020, the collection moved into its new home and will soon be open to the public with a new program of exhibitions and events,” the GAC website says.

The main function of the GAC is to place works of art in British government buildings and embassies and pieces from the collection can currently be seen in more than 365 buildings in more than 125 countries around the world, according to its site. website.

The GAC noted that its collection is “the most dispersed collection of British art in the world” and “promotes British art and plays a key role in British cultural diplomacy”.

According to The Art Newspaper, the exhibition space – called The Viewing Room – is “modest in size”, but the GAC may seek a larger space if the gallery proves to be a success.

The viewing room was opened as the GAC unveiled a watercolor by British sculptor and graphic designer Rachel Whiteread.

The work, named Untitled (Bubble), features concentric circles in grayscale that “recall the traces of an invisible virus”, as described by the GAC.