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Art UK – Bringing together the nation’s art collection on one digital platform for the world to see

17 October, 2022 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

by Andrew Ellis, Director Art UK

Lecture in partnership with the New Walk Museum

Andrew Ellis

Summary: The talk will explore the benefits and challenges of bringing together the UK’s national collection of art on one digital platform. Art UK shows art by 50,000 artists, including approaching 10,000 living artists. Over 3,300 UK institutions are represented, making it one of the largest arts partnerships in Britain. Digitising artworks at scale; telling compelling stories about art and artists; supporting schools learning; providing income generating opportunities for museums; offering volunteering opportunities to the public; and running an art detective agency – are among the topics that will be covered. The talk will be illustrated with artworks from around the UK – many from lesser-known regional art collections alongside public sculptures from the charity’s recent national digitisation programme that has created an photographic audit of all these works.

This event is open to both members and non-members to attend in person. The event will also be streamed using Zoom. Unless COVID-19 (or other) restrictions are imposed, it will not be necessary to book in advance. If such restrictions are put in place, then this webpage will be updated with information on how to book.

Members: Members will receive an email about a week before the event providing them with the information required to listen to the lecture using Zoom.

Non-members: Non-members may attend on payment of £5 (student non-members £3) at the door. Non-members may also watch the lecture streamed using Zoom by booking using EventBrite here:

New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA
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