Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real.
The UK holds in its galleries and civic buildings over 210,000 oil paintings spanning 600 years of art history. Many of these publicly owned works are in storage or held behind closed doors. Through a joint effort by the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and around 3,000 participating collections these paintings are now available online for everyone to enjoy.
The public is invited to tag paintings on the website, so that future users of the Your Paintings website can easily find paintings by subjects, themes and events that interest them.
Start tagging paintings in your local collection now
The tagging process doesn’t require expert knowledge, but those with specialist information on paintings in the collection are invited to contact the Public Catalogue Foundation.
You can also tweet about the paintings you have tagged using #YourPaintings or @Your_Paintings.