Art UK

Art UK is an organisation dedicated to making the works owned by the nation accessible to everyone.

Formerly known as the Public Catalogue Foundation, it has created a website that features many thousands of paintings, works on paper and also sculpture – many of which are owned by public institutions like museums, universities and councils but are not on public display.

Henrietta Lacks sculpture

Public sculptures recorded for first time in new art project

02 July 2022

Art education charity Art UK has been working on digitally recording all public artworks in the UK.

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Art UK holds charity auction with 140 artists 

28 September 2021

Art UK has launched a fundraising auction called Buy Art to Help Art UK which closes on September 30.


Art Detective: can you help identify the sitter in this Mary Beale portrait?

05 July 2021

An occasional feature on mystery works the Art UK charity is seeking help to identify

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Funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies helps Art UK improve access to public art

07 April 2021

Public access to artworks in UK collections has been given a boost with a tie up between Bloomberg Philanthropies and Art UK.


Art Detective: help distinguish between the works of Steele

28 September 2020

Art UK, a charity with a website showcasing artworks in UK public collections, runs the Art Detective forum where specialists and members of the public are invited to help fill in gaps in the knowledge of public art. Their latest question concerns the various artists called Edwin Steele.

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Art dealers help discover original Anthony van Dyck portrait in Liverpool gallery

08 October 2019

A picture in Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery has emerged as an original Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) portrait.


New initiative makes the UK’s public sculpture available to the nation online

21 February 2019

A thousand of the UK’s public sculptures have been digitally catalogued with 150,000 to follow by the end of next year.


UK’s 170,000 public sculptures to be digitally catalogued for nation

22 June 2017

Britain will be the first nation to have an online catalogue of every publicly owned sculpture. Art UK has announced a plan to digitise images of Britain's 170,000 publicly owned sculptures by 2020.

Philip Mould

Fake or Fortune? presenters ‘in dispute’ over new BBC show

06 December 2016

A media report of a spat between two of television’s best known art detectives – dealers Philip Mould and Bendor Grosvenor – has not been denied by the dealers when contacted by ATG.

Laomedon Refusing Payment to Poseidon and Apollo

Art detectives needed for the nation

28 November 2016

Do you know who this bespectacled gentlemen is? Or whose hand is behind this painting of ‘Laomedon Refusing Payment to Poseidon and Apollo’? If you think you do, you could become an art detective for the nation.

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New BBC art show uncovers Flemish masterpiece in Swansea storeroom

28 September 2016

Dealer and art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor is fronting a new series called ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ on BBC Four.

Funding pledge for Your Sculpture project

01 December 2014

A project to create a free, comprehensive photo catalogue online of all the sculptures held in UK public collections has moved a step closer thanks to a £2.84m pledge of support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Art gets its own national private eye on the internet

19 May 2014

Public collections in need of information about their oil paintings can be connected with specialists and members of the public with relevant knowledge thanks to a scheme called Art Detective.

Hundreds of thousands of artworks from public collections now available to view online

08 October 2012

A unique free online resource that gives access to thousands of paintings in public collections across the UK is due to be completed in December.


Case study: The use of the Public Catalogue Foundation to identify a Van Dyck

08 October 2012

The practical use of the Public Catalogue Foundation to the art trade is certainly obvious to Mayfair dealer Philip Mould, who is one of the project’s sponsors.

Leeds leads the way in UK guide to oils

28 June 2004

AN ambitious project to record every oil painting in public ownership across the UK has started with the backing of leading lights of the art world.