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Welcome to Art UK, the online home for art from every public collection in the United Kingdom.

What do we do?

We are putting the nation’s art online, in partnership with over 3,000 public art collections. There are already over 200,000 artworks on Art UK and the number’s growing.

The art is from museums, universities, town halls, hospitals and even a lighthouse. Much of it isn’t usually on display. At the moment it’s mainly oil paintings but we’re adding watercolours and works on paper, with the nation’s sculpture planned to join soon.

We commission and write about artists, artworks, exhibitions and the stories behind paintings, from the world famous to the obscure.

What can I do?

  • Look at art that’s in public ownership, everywhere from the Shetland Islands to the National Gallery – without having to leave the comfort of your living room.
  • Search for specific artworks or artists – and then find out more about each work, or see all of that artist’s paintings in public collections across the UK. You can see some of the most famous art there is, by the likes of Van Gogh, Rembrandt or Monet, and then next minute hop over to looking at paintings of cats.
  • Search for topics – what about ‘queen’, ‘sport’, ‘wedding’, ‘aeroplane’, ‘ghost’ or ‘horse’ for starters. Flick through thousands of paintings and see what catches your eye – the website is full of surprises.
  • Create an Art UK account to save your favourite artworks so you have a personally curated collection –  you can also create albums and save searches.

What’s funny?

What’s inspiring?

  • Try this story about Sidney Herbert Sime – painter of strange, fantasy landscapes and apocalyptic visions

What’s cute?

  • What’s it like to be a museum cat? We interviewed Oswald Clingan-Smith at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.

What’s unexpected?

  • One artist’s intrepid expedition to the island of South Georgia – just to paint some penguins

What if I want to see some paintings in real life?

  • Visit our venues page to find out where your nearest public collection is – so you can see some local art up close and personal

Where else can I go?

  • Follow us on Twitter, where we tweet Art of the Day, and on YouTube, where we have short videos and interviews with artists as part of our Art Matters series

How can I get involved?

If you want to write about a specific artwork or artist, or have a great feature story, get in touch: we’re always open to new ideas and to personal stories. Email

Art UK is for everyone who wants to see art, visit art and discover the stories behind the art of the United Kingdom.

Welcome to the nation’s art!