State Art Collection

The OPW is responsible for the management of the State art collection which comprises of c.15,000 works. These works include both historical and contemporary paintings, original prints, sculpture, fine-art and decorative objects, music, and poetry. The Collection is located in State buildings throughout Ireland.

Over 98% of the Collection is on permanent display in public buildings and heritage properties and these locations include many Government offices, parks, Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin Castle, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Farmleigh, Leinster House, Government Buildings, Garda stations, the Four Courts and certain other Court facilities.

Contact Details:


Address: Art Management Office, OPW, 52 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

Telephone: (01) 647 6076/77/78 or (01) 647 6812


State Art Collection


The OPW endeavours to increase public awareness and access to State art through its annual touring exhibitions and catalogues.

The touring exhibitions have been held annually by the OPW since 1991 and have comprised various sections of art works taken from the State's collection based on particular themes each year e.g. portraits, prints, past masters, etc. The exhibition provides an opportunity for the public to view art works, which are normally installed in public buildings. Over the years, the exhibition has evolved into a joint North / South cultural project in partnership with the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) in Northern Ireland. It has toured extensively throughout the country as well as abroad. A catalogue illustrating the art works accompanies the exhibition and copies for each exhibition are available from the Art Management Office.



Acrobat LogoFine Art Guidelines - Art Management Handbook

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Acrobat LogoArt of the State 2012 Catalogue - Elements

Adobe Acrobat logoArt in State Buildings 1995 - 2005

Art of the State 2013 Catalogue - Encounters

Adobe Acrobat logoArt of the State 2014 Catalogue - Unfold

40/40/40 Exhibition

40/40/40 is a touring exhibition travelling to Madrid, Warsaw and Rome created in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


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40/40/40 on YouTube

Bubble Beard by Bennie Reilly

Bubble Beard by Bennie Reilly

Fergal McCarthy - Liffey Swim

Liffey Swim by Fergal McCarthy

Irene Barry - Twilight

Twilight by Irene Barry

Kaleidoscope: Contemporary Art from EU Member States

Created in collaboration with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


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Kaleidoscope Opening Night Video on Vimeo

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