Art UK Benefactors Drinks Reception Saturday 15th September 2.00pm

As keen supporters of the excellent work Art UK do, we are delighted to be hosting a Benefactors Drinks Reception in the gallery on September 15th at 2.00PM. Please do join us and learn more about Art UK, their achievements as well as their current and future projects.

Opening the Reception will be David Amigoni, Professor of English, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Keele University. Also on hand to discuss the work of the charity and to answer your questions will be Andy Ellis, Director Art UK and Katey Goodwin, Deputy Director Art UK.

The reception coincides with our Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition, ‘A Road Less Travelled’ and many of the artists exhibiting will also be joining us.

It promises to be a wonderful afternoon – we would love to see you.

About the Charity

Art UK are on a mission to open up art in public collections for enjoyment, learning and research. It does this through digitising artworks, telling the stories behind the art and creating exciting opportunities for public interaction with art both online and offline.

The UK holds one of the greatest public collections of art in the world. The vast majority of this collection is not on public view. Outside the collection of 200,000 plus oil paintings – digitised by the charity – most of the nation’s public art collection has not been photographed. At the same time few collections have the resources to put their collections online. Therefore, what is publicly owned is often not publicly accessible.

The charity’s first major project was to create a photographic record of every oil painting in public ownership in the United Kingdom. This project was completed in late 2012. Initially, the principal publication vehicle for this project was the Oil Paintings in Public Ownership series of printed volumes. However, in 2011 the project went online through the Your Paintings website.

Oil paintings are not the only artworks where large numbers of objects are not on public view. High percentages of public collections’ holdings of watercolours, prints, drawings and sculpture are in store and have not been photographed. Since September 2016 collections have been able to upload already digitised works on paper onto Art UK. In the summer of 2017 the charity commenced a major project to digitise the nation’s sculpture collection of the last thousand years in a three-year project funded by the National Lottery and other funders. This will be the charity’s second largest digitisation project after its oil paintings.

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