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81 artworks by 36 artists

Winchester City Council’s Topographical Art Collection is an Art UK Founder Partner

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Winchester City Council owns around 1,750 works of art, mainly watercolours and prints but the collection also includes 79 oil paintings. The majority of the pictures are views of Winchester and the surrounding district but the collection also includes portraits of mayors, local nobility and some royals. Since November 2014, day-to-day care of the collection has been undertaken by Hampshire Cultural Trust, an independent charity that aims to showcase, connect and empower Hampshire's creative economy. Staff and volunteers within the Trust, supported by Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council, district and borough council partners and the generosity of a wide range of other funders and benefactors bring the collection to the widest possible audience through an ambitious programme of exhibitions and events and various online resources. Ownership of the collection remains with Winchester City Council but is loaned to Hampshire Cultural Trust in accordance with a formal Collections Loan Agreement. The majority of the art collection is stored at the museum store where they can be viewed by appointment. However, over half of the oil paintings are on display in public buildings and others are used in various temporary exhibitions such as the annual Mayor’s Choice. The art collection includes bequests, donations and purchases and the collection is still being added to through new acquisitions.