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Collection image rights and copyright

In most cases, art collections own the rights to their own images on Art UK. It is part of the Art UK agreement that the collections are given the rights to the photographs that Art UK created.

Collections usually do not hold the copyright to the artworks themselves, except in certain cases where documentation provides proof of this.

If the artist of an artwork is in copyright, a collection may need to seek permission to reproduce an artwork on their own website. Art UK is responsible for tracing rights holder contact details and gaining copyright permission for reproduction on the Art UK website.

Passing on rights holder information

When Art UK seek copyright clearance requests from rights holders, we also seek permission for the collection to be able to reproduce the images on their own non-commercial websites. We also ask if we can pass on rights holder contact details to the collection. The Art UK copyright team are able to provide spreadsheets that list the copyright and clearance status of the artworks owned by each collection. Email to request this information.

For further information about Art UK's approach to copyright and online image reproduction please see our guidance pages.

High-resolution images of artworks

Art UK (as the Public Catalogue Foundation) photographed the majority of the artworks on the website. High-resolution photographs of the oil paintings were shared with every participating art collection. For high-resolution photographs of sculpture, we aim to share those within several months after the records appear online.

If a collection requires a replacement set of images there may be an administration charge of £10 plus VAT. For more information please contact