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From discovering lesser-known artists to finding a local collection to explore, here are some ideas for how to start your journey through the UK’s diverse public art collection.

We can’t wait for you to see what’s out there.

How can I find great art?

  • Browse art that’s in public ownership by location or venue – everywhere from the Shetland Islands to The National Gallery – without having to leave the comfort of your living room

Strathnaver Museum on the north coast of Scotland

Strathnaver Museum on the north coast of Scotland

  • Search for specific artworks or artists – and then find out more about each work, or see all of that artist’s work in public collections across the UK. You can look at some of the most famous art there is, by the likes of Van GoghRembrandt or Monet, and then next minute hop over to look at art where the creator is completely unknown
  • Search for topics – what about ‘queen’, ‘sport’, ‘wedding’, ‘aeroplane’, ‘ghost’ or ‘horse’ for starters. Flick through thousands of artworks and see what catches your eye – the website is full of surprises

Football

Football 1879

William Barns Wollen (1857–1936)

World Rugby Museum
 

  • Create an Art UK account to save your favourite artworks so you have a personally curated collection – you can also create albums and save searches

What’s funny?

Royal Guernsey Militia Soldier with Horse

Royal Guernsey Militia Soldier with Horse 1922

A. H. Laine

Guernsey Museums and Galleries

What’s inspiring?

  • Listen to the Art Matters podcast and explore how art meets popular culture, from The Simpsons to Beyoncé to Virginia Woolf

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What’s cute?

What’s unexpected?

A look at works by Quentin Blake

A look at works by Quentin Blake

Where else can I go?

What if I have a story to tell?

If you want to write about a specific artwork or artist, or have a great feature story, get in touch by emailing editorial@artuk.org. We’re always open to new ideas and to personal stories.

Art UK is for everyone who wants to see art, visit art and discover the stories behind the art of the United Kingdom. Welcome to the nation’s art!

Art Matters: the original painting by Bob and Roberta Smith

Art Matters: the original painting by Bob and Roberta Smith

Jade King, Art UK's Head of Editorial