We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
Please detail how much your department has spent on artwork in each of the last five calendar years.
For each artwork, please state the date of purchase, the name of the artwork, the name of the artist, the type of art, the present location of the artwork, the cost and whether the cost was incurred by your department.
Please also provide details of any artwork donated to your department in each of the last five calendar year, including the date of the donation, the name of the artwork, the name of the artist, the type of art, the present location of the artwork and the name of the donee.
We released the following information on 22 January 2010.
The Home Office has no central records of any expenditure on art in the last 5 years other than that incurred at 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF. For the period 2006 to date there has not been any expenditure on art. In 2005, the re-development of 2 Marsham Street required a public art strategy as part of the town planning consent granted by Westminster City Council. The costs of this public art were met by the developer not the department and are indirectly included within the developer’s overall charges for the building which are met through a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract.
In order to ensure that the new building in Marsham Street was finished to an appropriate standard for a professional working environment the Home Office directly paid for some items of internal art as scheduled and this can be found in attached table. The table excludes artwork lent to the department by the Government Art Collection for which we make no payment.
In answer to the questions about donated artworks, while the Department does not record donated artworks centrally, we are not aware of any such donations to the department in the last five years.