Internet sites for Fine Art

  • There are a large number of art and design resources available on the Internet, and a few selected sites are listed below. There are many other useful and relevant sites available.

    Organisations and societies
    Galleries and museums
    Image sources
    Other sites you might find interesting

    Organisations and societies

    • Arts Council England : the national development agency for the arts in England. Links to information on funding and publications, many of which are freely available online.
    • Axis : an online resource for contemporary art that includes a national register of contemporary artists living and working in Britain, artist profiles, art news and views and information about relevant opportunities and vacancies. Membership of the Axis community is free.
    • British Film Institute
    • Crafts Council : an independent, government funded organisation which promotes the contemporary crafts in Great Britain
    • Design Council : promotes all aspects of design in the UK.
    • Institute of Visual Arts (inIVA) : a contemporary visual arts organisation, with a special interest in new technologies, site-specific art works and international collaborations.
    • The Printmakers Council : promotes the art of printmaking and the work of contemporary printmakers.
    • UK Creative Industries

    Galleries and museums




    Image sources

    • Art and Architecture : 40,000 images from the collections of the Courtauld Institute of Art. Free to use but registration required.
    • ARTstor : over a million images from collections worldwide.
    • Bridgeman Education - a digital image library covering visual culture of all civilisations and historical periods from pre-historic to the present day. Images are freely available for teaching, learning and research. 
    • Europeana Art : explore 1,307,308 artworks from European collections.
    • Europeana Fashion : digitised collections of more than 30 European public and private institutions.
    • Europeana Photograhy : the history of photography in 1,366,437 items from European collections.
    • Imageafter : free online collection of photographs and textures.
    • MorgueFile : archive of photographs freely contributed by artists for use in creative projects by visitors to the site. 
    • VADS: the online resource for visual arts : a free image catalogue for the academic community providing access to over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in teaching, learning and research in the UK. Covers all aspects of the visual arts.
    • Wikimedia Commons : database of over 4,000,000 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. Searchable by topic, location, type and author. Categories such as Featured pictures and Quality images are recommended.

    Other sites you might find interesting. . .

    • AMP: Artists Meeting Place & Resource Collective : offers support and networking opportunities to artists all over the world. Includes an International Arts Directory covering a wide variety of art resources.
    • Art & Education : international contemporary visual arts site. Includes news, announcements and papers. Free mailing list subscription which includes a monthly Artforum newsletter.
    • Arts Industry: news and jobs in the culture industry.
    • Artcyclopedia : an index and guide to fine art sites on the web.
    • Artforum : art news and exhibition previews. Includes Artguide, which is Artforum's guide to current exhibitions worldwide.
    • Book Arts at the Centre for Fine Print Research : latest news and information on artist's book exhibitions (with images) and research projects, and an archive of newsletters.
    • International Sculpture Center : site based in Washington DC dedicated to the advancement of contemporary sculpture. Links to a wide range of sculpture resources and includes an electronic version of Sculpture magazine.
    • London Centre for Book Arts : offers workshops and supervised studio access.
    • Lux : organisation for British film and video art. Has a library and runs a regular programme of public screenings, exhibitions, talks and other events. Commissions writing on artists, which is available on the website.
    • MoMA Exhibitions Archive : freely available online archive of all the exhibitions held at MoMA since it opened in 1929. Includes 33,000 installation shots, thousands of out of print exhibition catalogues, artist lists and press releases.
    • Open Research Library : a single access point for open access e-books from a range of publishers. Particularly good for the arts and humanities.
    • Sound and Music : website of UK organisation for the support and promotion of new music and sound. Provides an online community for artists and composers and listings of events and opportunities.