The UK is set to become the first country in the world to create a free-to-access online photographic showcase of its publicly owned sculpture. The first photographic records began appearing on Art UK in early 2019.
Many of these 150,000 works are without records, images or online access, and many public monuments are not fully recorded and are at risk.
The three-year project focuses on sculpture dating from the last 1,000 years, held in public collections and outdoor locations across the UK. The national sculpture collection is truly global, offering insights into diverse cultures including twelfth-century Nigeria, Victorian Britain and 1960s New York.
The ambitious project is transforming the way people access and learn about their sculpture heritage, and will allow audiences to share knowledge, exchange opinions and visit sculptures, both in person and online.
Benin Head with Headdress by unknown artist. Photo credit: Towner
Eve, 1882, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). Photo credit: Tracy Jenkins / Art UK
Photographer Dave Griffin at Dyffryn House and Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan. Photo credit: Andrew Deathe
Digitisation training at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston. P hoto credit: Art UK