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  • www.artuk.org @artukdotorg

  • What is Art UK?

    Glyn Warren Philpot (1884 – 1937) Henry Thomas

    Pallant House Gallery

  • • Cultural education charity

    • Leading website for people interested in art in UK public collections

    • Platform shared by over 3,000 UK public art collections

    Who are we?

  • • Make art accessible – for enjoyment, learning and research

    • Enable global audiences to learn about the nation’s art

    • Support public collections to share their art

    Our mission

  • Why we exist

    Noel Coward (1899 – 1973) White Cliffs, Dover, Kent

    Dover Collections

  • ArrtArtArt

    Art UK photographing the oil paintings in Wolverhampton Art Gallery

  • What’s Included

    Leslie Arthur Wilcox (1904 - 1982)

    Somerset (British Railways poster artwork)

    National Railway Museum

  • 3,290 Collection Locations

    Museum or Gallery

    Public Building

    Educa onal ins tu on

    Historic House or Castle

    Library or Archive

    Medical Ins tu on


  • Shared Digital Infrastucture

    John Currie (1883 – 1914) Mark Gertler (1891 – 1939)

    The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

  • artuk.org

    Database of artworks

    3,000+ Participating Collections

    Collection Portal and Permissions Portal

    Shop Art



  • Digitisation

    Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917) Eve

    Water Gardens, Harlow

  • Ad

    Afterglow, Venice by Albert Goodwin (1845 – 1932), Royal Watercolour Society

  • Audiences

    Malcolm Drummond (1880 – 1945) 19, Fitzroy Street (Walter Richard Sickert’s studio)

    Laing Art Gallery

  • Our Audience • 2.4 million unique users in last 12 months

    • Growing 15% pa

    • c.50% from overseas

    • Personal interest or research accounts for c.70% of visits

    • 22% use it to search for paintings of subject matter

    • 7% use it to plan visits

    Source: Google Analytics, Nov 18 Survey

  • Digital Access

    William Shiels (1783-1857) Orkney and Shetland Sheep National Museum of Rural Life

  • URL and Name

    • Reserve

  • URL and Name

    • Reserve

  • URL and Name

    • Reserve

  • Design: Curation Tool

    This shows the proposed interface

    which allows users to edit their

    albums before saving and/or

    publishing to the site.

    Note it allows user to set top-level,

    work specific descriptions and

    custom date fields which will in turn

    drive views such as slideshows and


  • Design: Curation Tool (continued)

    This second image shows the

    timeline visualisation, one of the

    options available to users when

    publishing collections.

  • Cultural Tourism

    Unknown artist Tom Sayers Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum

  • Shop

    Samuel John Peploe (1871 – 1935) Interior with a Japanese Print

    University of Hull Art Collection

  • COLLECTIONS ON THE ART UK SHOP • Bank of England • Barber Institute of Fine Art • Bradford Museums and Galleries • Bruce Castle Museum • Bushey Museum and Art Gallery • City of Edinburgh Council • City of London Corporation (Guildhall Art Gallery) • The Courtauld Gallery • Dorich House • Ferens Art Gallery; • Fife Cultural Trust (Fife Council) • Gainsborough’s House • Gallery Oldham • Gregynog Hall • The Highlanders Museum • Highlife Highlands • The L. S. Lowry Collection • Leicester Arts and Museums Service • Manchester Art Gallery • McLean Museum and Gallery • The Munnings Art Museum • Museums Sheffield • National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, Palace House • National Library of Wales • National Museum Wales • National Museums Northern Ireland

    • Nottingham City Museums (Nottingham City Council) • Oriel Môn • Penlee House Gallery & Museum • The Pier Arts Centre • Plymouth City Council: Museum and Art Gallery • PMSA • Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow • Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture • Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies • Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum • Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum • Salford Museum & Art Gallery • The Scout Association Heritage Service • Southend Museums Service • Staffordshire Museum & Art Collection • The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum • Tullie House • University of Dundee Art Collections • Valence House Museum • Victoria Museum and Gallery, Liverpool University • Wellcome Collection • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust

  • Learning

    Children from Chaddlewood school looking closely at the

    Joshua Reynolds painting that visited them during

    Masterpieces in Schools

  • The Monet Arriving at Onny Primary School for Masterpieces in Schools

  • ‘I would be absolutely thrilled to take part in hosting an artwork through this programme. Given our

    geographical location and the outlying nature of our community it is difficult for our students to have access

    to works of art. It would certainly be appreciated by our pupils and staff.’

    ‘My school is rural and is over 100 miles from a major art gallery (Glasgow). The children do not have the

    opportunity to engage with ‘real’ artists unless through an initiative such as your own.’

    ‘We are a very small rural school in a very picturesque area. Our nearest art gallery is nearly 100 miles away

    in Glasgow which makes it difficult for our pupils to see art close up. We would be thrilled if we were chosen

    for this project.’

    ‘It would be great for our pupils in Junior school to get the opportunity to see sculpture ‘in the flesh’.

    Logistically and financially it is difficult to organise visits to galleries within the school day as many of our

    pupils travel to school by bus or train and we need to be back by the end of the school day. For our pupils,

    the ability to get up close and hands on with sculpture would be a positive and enriching experience.’

  • Culture Street Filming at Dorich House Museum, London (June 2018)

  • The Superpower of Looking

    Ronald Forbes (b.1947) Cultivated Tourist

    University of Abertay

  • Conclusions

    John Lavery (1856 – 1941) The Dentist

    British Dental Association Dental Museum


    • We enable global audiences to learn about art in the UK

    • Our digital infrastructure is shared by all UK public art collections

    • No other country has such a resource

    • Provides collections outside big cities major opportunities to

    encourage cultural tourism, encourage learning and grow income

    • Exploit its potential!