Works of art from the British Council Collection are available for use in the public areas of British Council premises on request. Requests are assessed on the basis of corporate need and environmental security. The use of works of art in decorative schemes for new, or newly refurbished, premises should be discussed with the Collections Team as early as possible. Requests should be accompanied by detailed descriptions of the areas in which works are to be displayed, giving dimensions of walls and floors, the placement of windows, the principal use of the area and the predominant colour schemes. Photographs should be sent, whenever possible. Collection staff are willing to visit offices whenever necessary, to advise on the selection and display of works, provided that all travel costs are met by the borrowing office. Installation of large, vulnerable or valuable works should always be undertaken by Visual Arts technicians or companies recommended by the Department - travel, fees and subsistence costs will be borne by the borrowing office. After discussion a selection will be made and photographs of possible works will be sent. When confirming the selection please ensure that there is sufficient space for the works, that the environment (temperature, lighting and humidity) is stable and that security is adequate.
Duration of loan:
Works of art from the British Council Collection are sent to British Council premises on a 5 year loan basis. At the end of the 5 year period works must be returned to Visual Arts. Some categories of object are subject to additional export restrictions and must be returned within 3 years.
The office requesting art works from the British Council Collection is responsible for all costs for transporting art works from Visual Arts’ storage facility to the office, and from the office back to Visual Arts’ storage facility, as well as any additional installation costs. Visual Arts will supply cases for transport. If cases are not retained the borrowing office is responsible for costs of making new cases of the same specification for return.