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Our impact in 2020

Art UK has opened up access to art for millions of people across the world in 2020. Highlights include:

  • 3 million website users in 2020 (up 27%) with 12 million page views
  • Approaching £100,000 in revenue for collections through the Art UK Shop
  • Supporting 100 venues through the Great British Art Quiz, in partnership with The Guardian
  • Adding over 32,000 new artworks including sculpture and works on paper, by artists including Man Ray, Lubaina Himid, Cornelia Parker and Auguste Rodin
  • Publishing hundreds of new stories to champion underrepresented artists including Black artists, women artists, LGBTQ artists, disabled artists – as well as underrepresented writers
  • Initiating the #OnlineArtExchange on Twitter to help collections across the UK connect and collaborate
  • Facilitating over 22,000 acts of engagement with our learning programme
  • Updating more than 2,000 artwork records through Art Detective
  • Starting to add photography and textile art to the website
  • Launching Curations – a new online curation tool

With museums and galleries adapting to increased demand for online content during the pandemic, the need for Art UK's work is even greater now.

We have reached new audiences by telling the stories behind the UK's art and collaborating with more collections to raise their online profile. We have helped make the sector more sustainable by generating vital revenue for public collections at an incredibly challenging time for museums and galleries.

Art UK is on a mission to make art available to everyone – for enjoyment, learning and research. We will continue to support public collections to share their artworks with a global audience, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.