MCN 2016 Sessions – Making 3,000 collections accessible through Art UK

Making 3,000 collections accessible through Art UK
Friday, November 4, 2016 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Session Leader : Cristiano Bianchi

Launched on the 24th February 2016, Art UK is the new online home for art from every public collection in the United Kingdom. Art UK has worked in partnership with over 3,000 public collections to showcase the art the UK owns. All in all it represents a massive collaboration between UK public institutions that own art. The website features over 210,000 paintings by over 38,000 artists. These artworks are in more than 3,000 museums, universities, town halls, hospitals and other public buildings across the United Kingdom. Most of this art is not on public view. Such offering will expand in the coming years as collections will be able to upload new artworks independently. Art UK is the result of a large-scale, privately funded, digitisation campaign, conducted across the whole country by the Public Catalogue Foundation, over the last 10 years. The project initially focused on photographing, cataloguing and publishing every oil painting that the public owns, many of which have never been seen before. This presentation will cover how Art UK and Keepthinking worked together on the website and made all of this possible in less than one year.

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