Art archives to be opened up at Ulster Museum
The Government is opening up the vaults of its historic art collection to the public for the first time and the Ulster Museum is one of just three venues selected to exhibit the display.
Locked away from view for its 112-year history, the multi-million pound catalogue of 13,500 works includes pieces by David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud and Tracey Emin.
Although the Government Art Collection does loan out individual pieces to museums, the tour will be the first exhibition exclusively collated from its archives.
Curators are pulling together an exhibition from the vast selection and those chosen will go on display in the Whitechapel Gallery in London before moving to Birmingham and then Belfast in spring 2013, where it will remain for three months.
Set up to promote British art and culture in Government buildings and embassies, the collection features from artists from the 16th century to the present day.