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Statement of Public Task

This Statement sets out the functions carried out by the National Gallery which are within the National Gallery’ s public task under the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (“the Regulations”).

The National Gallery’s public task comprises all the statutory functions, duties and responsibilities as defined in the relevant sections of the Museums and Galleries Act 1992 (“the  1992 Act”): 

The 1992 Act provides that the National Gallery shall maintain a collection of works of art, principally consisting of pictures, of established merit or significance, and documents relating to those works, and shall

  • Care for, preserve, and add to the works of art and the documents in its collection
  • Secure that the works of art are exhibited to the public
  • Secure that the works of art and the documents are available to persons seeking to inspect or study them in connection with study or research and
  • Generally promote the public’s enjoyment and understanding of painting and other fine art both by means of the  National Gallery Board’s collection and by such other means as the National Gallery Board considers appropriate

Any documents produced by the National Gallery for the carrying out of its public task are produced at the outset for all purposes within the National Gallery’s public task.

Information about the categories of National Gallery documents available for re-use and the terms on which they are available can be found below.

This statement of the National Gallery’s public task will be reviewed every five years and is due to be considered again in 2020.

If you have any queries about this public task statement you can submit them to

If you have any complaint about the National Gallery’ compliance with the Regulations you can submit it to

Categories of National Gallery documents

1. Generally available for free re-use

2. Documents which may be available for re-use: if so, a charge is usually made

3. Not available for re-use

  • Documents in which the intellectual property does not belong to the National Gallery.
  • Documents to which any exemption from disclosure applies under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or any other information access legislation.
  • Parts of documents consisting only of logos and branding.

Note: This list is a guide to documents available for re-use and is not intended to be a comprensive statement of all documents held by the National Gallery.