Art UK Sculpture Project

The Art UK Sculpture project is the largest sculpture cataloguing project ever undertaken in the UK. Our funding is enabling the UK to become the first country in the world to create a free-to-access online photographic showcase of its publicly owned sculpture, for everyone’s enjoyment, learning and research.

The sculptures that are being digitised as part of The Art UK Sculpture are located inside galleries, museums and public buildings, as well as outdoors – in parks, streets and squares across the UK.  A large team is travelling across the country to complete the project – dedicated and enthusiastic project staff, photographers and hundreds of volunteers.

The first three thousand sculptures are now available online, free of charge, to people in the UK and all over the globe via Around 100,000 sculptures will have joined the site by the end of 2020. Most sculptures in the national collection have never been photographed before.

The project brings together sculptures from the length and breadth of the UK, from Shetland to the Channel Islands, from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Man. Art UK is collaborating with national collections including the V&A, Tate, National Trust, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and National Galleries of Scotland, as well as thousands of regional and local institutions.

The project’s extensive learning and engagement programme is taking place across the country. Sixty sculpture-related films are being made with and by young people, and 75 Sculpture Around You events are engaging communities with their local sculpture. The Masterpieces in Schools initiative is taking 125 sculptures into primary and secondary schools for the day, inspiring a passion for art from a young age.


Images with kind permission of Art UK