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There are thousands of low-resolution images available to share and re-use for free on Art UK.

These images are released under different types of a Creative Commons licence, made available by the participating collections and rights holders of the artworks.

Discover images using the Artworks licence filter.

Use the filter to search for all images with a Creative Commons licence available or filter by type of permission already granted by choosing one of the licence types. Please note that the filter is not currently available on mobile phones. 

If you want to share or re-use an image you first need to determine whether you want to use the image for non-commercial use or commercial use. Some Creative Commons licences permit commercial use while other licence types do not.

Once you find an image you would like to use, click on the thumbnail. You can review the terms of the specific licence on the individual artwork page. Click on 'How can I use this image?' link, which is located under the image credit, to review the terms of the licence, the licence deed and download the image.

Watch our video to learn more about how to use our CC licence filter to find images:


What do the different Creative Commons licences allow?

Attribution (CC BY)

This licence lets you distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the image, even commercially, as long as you credit the creators of the artwork and the image. This is the most accommodating of licences offered. 

Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)

This licence lets you remix, tweak, and build upon the image, even for commercial purposes, as long as you credit the original creators of the artwork and the image. All new works based on the original image must carry the same licence, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.

Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)

This licence allows for redistribution of the image, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to the creators.

Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

This licence lets you remix, tweak, and build upon the image non-commercially, and although the new works must also acknowledge the original creator and be non-commercial, you don’t have to license the derivative works on the same terms as this licence.

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

This licence lets you remix, tweak, and build upon the image non-commercially, as long as you credit the original creators and license your new creations under the identical terms of this licence.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

This licence is the most restrictive of the six main licences. You are permitted to download the image and share it with others as long as you credit the artist and photographer of the artwork, but you can’t change the image in any way or use it commercially.


Creative Commons 0 and Public Domain Mark (CC0 and PD)

The Art UK licence filter also allows you to filter images that are available with a Creative Commons zero (CC0) and Public Domain Mark (PD).

Images that have been released with either of these marks means that there are no known restrictions with the image or the underlying artwork.


How to credit images from Art UK

If you have permission to share and reuse an image, please credit the original. The following example of Phil Illingworth's Extra Heavy in The Priseman Seabrook Collections illustrates best practice.


Extra Heavy by Phil Illingworth (b.1955), photo credit: The Priseman Seabrook Collections. Distributed under a CC BY-NC-ND licence

Please link back to the Art UK artwork page wherever possible. In this example, the title of the work has been made into a hyperlink.


If you have limited space for a credit line, an abbreviated version of the credit line could be used, as in this example:

Extra Heavy by Phil Illingworth, The Priseman Seabrook Collections, CC BY-NC-ND


How to license high-resolution images for commercial use

If you require a high-resolution image, or if the image you wish to use is not available under the terms you require, such as permitting commercial use, then you might find that you can license the image from the Art UK Shop image licensing automated service.

If the image is not available in our Shop then you will need to contact the rights holders of the image (this is usually the collection) and, if the artwork is still in copyright (indicated by a copyright credit line), the artist, the artist’s estate or their representative.