Art UK comprises a small team of just under a dozen full-time equivalent staff members. Since our launch in 2003, collaborations with other organisations have been central to the way we work.
Such collaborations and partnerships have allowed us to access specialist knowledge, innovative technologies, authoritative content and new audiences.
These collaborations are described in more detail below. In all cases they have involved us working with inspiring people who have made substantial contributions to the Art UK initiative.
Art Loss Register (ALR)
The ALR is now the world’s largest private database of lost and stolen art, antiques and collectables. Art UK supplies copies of images of paintings in collections that they have catalogued, with the relevant data, to the ALR, to be held on their database. This will ensure that these paintings, if stolen in the future, will be more easily traceable.
The BBC creates partnerships with the arts sector that go beyond broadcast, from sharing expertise to widening public engagement in UK arts. The BBC brings its online expertise and editorial skills to the partnership with Art UK, in order to reveal the artworks owned by the public to a wider audience.
Citizen Science Alliance (based at the Department of Astrophysics, University of Oxford)
The CSA is a collaboration of scientists, software developers and educators who collectively develop, manage and utilise internet-based citizen science projects in order to further science itself, and the public understanding of both science and of the scientific process. These projects use the time, abilities and energies of a distributed community of citizen scientists who are our collaborators.
Culture24 provides the listings content for Art UK’s What’s on pages. Culture24 is an independent charity that brings museums and galleries together to do amazing things they couldn’t do on their own. They’re best known for running the Museums at Night festival, leading the Let’s Get Real collaborative action research work and publishing great website about arts and heritage.
CultureStreet enables children and their teachers to find out about the arts in the UK and encourages them to get involved through workshops and interactive activities. CultureStreet will be making films about sculpture, and creating online resources with and for young people across the UK, throughout the Art UK Sculpture Project.
National Inventory Research Project (NIRP)
NIRP was initiated in 2001 by The National Gallery, London, in liaison with colleagues in other national and regional collections, to address the decline in collection research in UK museums and the lack of publicly accessible information about collections, especially in regional museums. It is based at the University of Glasgow.
Public Monuments and Sculpture Association
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) aims to heighten public appreciation of Britain's public sculpture, and to contribute to its preservation, protection and promotion. The PMSA are working with Art UK to catalogue and photograph sculpture outside in the public realm as part of the Sculpture Project.
Royal Photographic Society
The Royal Photographic Society are working with Art UK on the Sculpture Project, to help with the recruitment and training of a team of volunteer photographers, who will be photographing public sculptures throughout the UK.
Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. In collaboration with Art UK, OUP is providing UK public library card holders that use Art UK with free access to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Grove Art Online.
University of Glasgow
History of Art staff at the University of Glasgow are providing academic input into Art UK, Art UK Tagger and Art Detective. The University is also home to the National Inventory Research Project, which is carrying out and publishing research into pre-1900 Continental European paintings in UK public collections and working closely with Art UK.
Visual Geometry Group (based at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford)
The Visual Geometry Group have been working with Art UK and the BBC to develop innovative image-recognition software to identify subjects in artworks. The Visual Geometry Group will also be helping to develop an app as part of the Sculpture Project.