Copyright notice

Copyright notice

Art UK is committed to respecting copyright and other intellectual property rights. We make every effort to respect the copyright of the museums, galleries and other public collections (each a 'collection') who provide us with images of the artworks featured on the Art UK website. We also make every effort to respect any copyright in the artworks and accompanying information.

Images and data associated with the artworks featured on the Art UK website may be reproduced under the terms of any relevant Creative Commons licence (details of which will be included in the 'How you can use this image' section on the relevant artwork page) and/or for non-commercial research and private study purposes, as well as other uses permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised.

However, for all other uses, those seeking to reproduce images of artworks need to actively obtain further consent from the collection that owns the work. Where the artwork is in copyright (the artist is alive or died within the last 70 years), further permissions will also be needed from the artist(s), their estates or nominated rights holder(s). The collection that owns the work may be able to help those seeking clearance of further rights.

For further information on copyright, image use and licensing please see our guidance pages.


Art UK’s approach to copyright

Art UK has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that images on Art UK are reproduced with consent of their copyright holders and the respective collections. However, there are some copyright holders who so far have proved to be untraceable. Any information or queries should be addressed to


Takedown policy

Art UK undertakes to remove images if requested to do so by copyright holders.

If you hold rights in an image on Art UK and do not agree with its reproduction, you can request the image's removal by writing to and stating the following information in your message: 

  • Your name, email address and phone number
  • The website address where you found the work
  • The nature of the complaint
  • A statement that you are the copyright holder or are authorised to act on behalf of the rights holder. You may be asked to provide proof of this ownership that would stand up in a court of law

Art UK will endeavour to respond to your initial message within five working days and will aim to process any approved takedown requests within a further two working days.


General statement

While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information and copyright of material on this website, any and all liability which might arise from your use of and reliance on the content displayed on our website is excluded.

Art UK is the operating name of the Public Catalogue Foundation, a charity registered in England and Wales (1096185) and Scotland (SC048601).