Art UK

Resource Type: 
Art History
Online Archives & Web Resources

Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, estimated at over 200,000 in total. It is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (a registered charity) and participating collections and museums from across the UK. The collection includes works by some of the greatest painters of the last 700 years, as well as paintings by thousands of lesser known artists. It offers a remarkable insight into the history, landscape and culture of the United Kingdom.Paintings owned by the state and local authorities together with those held in charitable trusts for the benefit of the public make up the national collection shown on the Your Paintings website. In addition, a small number of important collections that are not in public ownership nor normally open to the public are also being included. For example this will include paintings in Bishop’s palaces and Oxford and Cambridge colleges.The site also includes collections held by national organisations such the National Trust, English Heritage, the Government Art Collection and Arts Council England.