Art UK's achievements include
- Publishing over 250,000 artworks by over 45,000 artists
- Taking a Monet and other great artworks into schools in our Masterpieces in Schools initiative
- Generating much-needed commercial income for local museums and galleries
- Creating public engagement opportunities and valuable learning resources
- Helping experts and the public alike to solve artwork mysteries through Art Detective
- Telling the stories behind the art
Our current major project is documenting and digitising the nation's sculptures – both in collections and in public spaces. The first of many thousands of sculptures joined the site during February 2019.
We are also growing our works on paper – watercolours, prints and drawings – which will ultimately increase our collection of artworks to millions.
Art UK’s roots go back to 2002, when the Public Catalogue Foundation, a registered charity, was founded by Fred Hohler. Struck by the lack of available information about artworks in public collections,
The charity was launched at The National Gallery. Its objective was to make a photographic record of the nation’s entire collection of publicly owned oil paintings.
This record was made accessible to the public through a series of hardback
In 2011, the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation launched the Your Paintings website. By 2012, there were 212,000 oil paintings displayed from over 3,000 locations across the UK.
Charles Gregson became Chairman of the Trustees and Fred Hohler retired from the Board in 2011.
The Tagger project also began in 2011.
Art Detective was launched with the aim of improving knowledge about art in the national collection.
In February, Art UK was launched as the successor to Your Paintings. The BBC remained a key partner in the initiative.
In November, the Art UK Shop was launched.
Following four years of planning and fundraising, Art UK secured a £2.8 million grant from the National Lottery, and a further £1 million of match funding, to launch a multi-year project to digitise the nation's sculpture collection of the last 1,000 years.
Sculpture photography commenced and Art UK opened a small office in Glasgow.
Sculptures begin to appear on the site from February.
Art UK opens its remit to include fine art photography.
Art UK is the operating name of the Public Catalogue Foundation, a charity registered in England and Wales (109685) and Scotland (SC048601).