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All images on Art UK are protected by copyright. 

The majority of images on Art UK are marked as 'All rights reserved'.

However, some have been made available to share and re-use under the terms of a Creative Commons licence. Please check individual artwork pages for information about permitted use.

You can find out how an image can be re-used by clicking the 'How can I use this image?' link under the image credit line on each artwork page.

 

All rights reserved

If an image is marked as 'All rights reserved' it means that the image and data can be reproduced for non-commercial research and private study purposes, as well as certain other permitted uses known as the exceptions to copyright.

Visit the website of the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) for a full list of the exceptions to copyright and details on permitted use, as outlined within the UK's Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised.

If you want to use an image found on Art UK for any other purpose, or you need a higher resolution image, please contact the collection that holds the artwork. Their website may have more information about permitted uses and licensing options.

Remember that two sets of permissions are required if the artist is alive, or died less than 70 years ago (permission from the copyright holder of the photographic image and permission from the copyright holder of the artwork). If the artist died over 70 years ago, you only need permission from the copyright holder of the photographic image (usually the collection).

All images on Art UK are protected by a secure invisible digital watermark that allows Art UK and other copyright holders to identify and track any unauthorised use of the image.

 

Creative Commons

Some images are available for re-use under the terms of a Creative Commons licence.

These licences are made available on Art UK with permission from both the collection and artist copyright holders.

There are six different types of Creative Commons licence, each with its own set of permissions.

You can search for images on Art UK, which have Creative Commons licences attached to them, through the artwork page licence filter

The type of Creative Commons licence will be outlined on the individual artwork page with instructions when you click on the 'How can I use this image?' link under the image credit line.

Be aware that Creative Commons licences aren’t attached to all images on the site.

Most of the Creative Commons licences require you to credit the original artist(s) and the person/organisation that owns the photograph of the work. A full example of a credit is given below.

You can find out more about Creative Commons on their website.

  

How to credit images from Art UK

If you have permission to share and re-use an image, please credit the original. The following example of Roger Eliot Fry's The Black Sea Coast in Swindon Art Gallery illustrates best practice.

'Roger Eliot Fry, The Black Sea Coast, photo credit: Swindon Art Gallery. Available 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.

 

Research

Use of images for non-commercial research purposes may be covered under the exceptions to copyright. The IPO's website includes information about this and other uses.

If an image is released under a Creative Commons licence, other rules may apply. On the artwork's page on Art UK you can see what is permitted.

Remember that there may be two sets of permissions to clear if the artist is still in copyright.

 

Teachers and students

Use of images in an educational environment is normally covered under the exceptions to copyright. The IPO's website includes information about this and other uses.

If an image is released under a Creative Commons licence, other rules may apply. On the artwork's page on Art UK you can see what is permitted.

Remember that there may be two sets of permissions to clear if the artist is still in copyright.

 

Social media

Permission must be sought from copyright holders to reproduce images on any social media platform. Icons for these platforms are available across the Art UK site to allow webpages to be shared. 

Some images are available to license for use on blogs, websites and social media through the Art UK Shop