We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
1. How much money has been spent on artwork (which for the purpose of this request I would like to include paintings, statues, portraits, photography,installation art, frames, decorative furniture and ornaments, etc) from 2006 to the current date? Can you also please supply a breakdown of the items bought to include what they were, how much was paid for them, and where they are currently displayed
- How much money has been spent maintaining and storing the artwork from 2006 to the current date?
We released the following information on 22 December 2011.
In October 2011 £900 was paid to Oxford Exhibition Services (contracted by Government Art Collection), to collect and install a number of portraits of previous Home Secretaries from the Government Art Collection. The pictures had been in storage since the Home Office moved from its previous headquarters at Queen Anne’s Gate, London. The pictures (comprising oil paintings, sketches and caricatures) have now been installed at Home Office headquarters at Marsham Street.
Five paintings were acquired by the Department in March 2010. These were purchased from the prison arts charity the Koestler Trust at a cost of £1,188 on behalf of the former Identity Commissioner. The paintings are located at Home Office headquarters.
In 2009 the public work of inscription art commissioned from artist Emma Kay by the developer of 2 Marsham Street as part of the planning consent was withdrawn by the developer in agreement with the Department, the artist and the planning authority. Prior to its withdrawal the Home Office had spent £3,393 including VAT on printing and postage costs to obtain quotations for the inscriptions.
As part of the move to Marsham Street in 2005 the Home Office commissioned a project by artist Eva Rothschild for a sculpture to be located in the building. This project was cancelled in 2007 and the Home Office met cancellation costs of £69,600 plus VAT.
The cost of maintaining the public art works and installations at Marsham Street is met by the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) supplier that operates the building.