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40,000 paintings uploaded to online art gallery

  • Date: 15 December 2011
  • Area: National
woman looks at painting of two ballet dancers

Paintings by Edgar Degas are among 40,000 pieces which have been added to online gallery Your Paintings. Credit: PA

Around 40,000 extra paintings have been uploaded to the UK's first national online gallery since it was launched earlier this year.

The Your Paintings gallery, which showcases publicly owned oil paintings from across the country, now has 104,000 pieces in its collection thanks to the latest additions.

The site, which displays the works of more than 23,000 artists, was launched in June by the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and the BBC.

Among the artists most recently added to the collection are: Thomas Brooks, Edgar Degas, Joshua Reynolds, Bridget Riley, Peter Paul Rubens and Henry Whiting.

The works have come from a number of the UK's 3,000 galleries and other institutions including the RNLI Grace Darling Museum in Northumberland, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, The University of Aberdeen, Morley College in London, The National Trust in Saltram, Devon, and Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre.

Andrew Ellis, Director at the Public Catalogue Foundation said: 'Your Paintings is a worldwide showcase of the United Kingdom's paintings.

'The public are invited to play an important role in building and enhancing this website. By tagging what can be seen in each work, everyone can contribute to making Your Paintings a unique and rich learning resource.'

Your Paintings case study 

This case study was presented at our London digital day, which was held to introduce the Digital R&D Fund, our joint funding programme with NESTA. You can find assets from the digital days in our conferences section.