Art UK: Museum Partner 2018

London Art Fair’s 2018 Museum Partner is Art UK – the digital platform for the UK’s publicly funded art collections. The registered charity’s mission statement of transforming public access to the nation’s art collection is achieved through digitising artworks and creating exciting opportunities for public interaction with art both online and offline.

Art UK

Art UK

About Art UK is the online home to every public art collection in the UK with over 3,250 collections displaying more than 200,000 artworks. Since starting its work in 2003, the charity has digitised art from museums, universities, town halls, hospitals and other public buildings. Much of the art isn’t usually on display in real life and a high proportion had not been photographed before Art UK started its work in 2003. The Art UK website  shows predominantly oil paintings with a growing number of watercolours and other works on paper. Sculpture will join the site in 2018.

About the exhibition

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, five leading contemporary artists will select 30 works of art from the Art UK website and the exhibition will be curated by Kathleen Soriano, former Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Further details on the exhibition to be announced soon. 

About the Museum Partnership

The London Art Fair museum partnership, first introduced in 2014, offers a London platform for significant regional collections of Modern British art.

Positioned alongside established commercial galleries at the Fair, the Museum Partner’s uniquely curated exhibition offers an opportunity to experience the heritage, quality and significance of regional collections and works. It provides collectors gathered in the capital every January with a point of comparison between museum collections and commercial galleries and provides visitors with the opportunity to see regional museum works brought to London.

The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield (2014), Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2015), Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (2016) and The Lightbok, Woking (2017) have so far shown.

London Art Fair 2017

London Art Fair 2017

2017 Museum Partner: The Lightbox, Woking
The Lightbox at London Art Fair - John Minton

John Minton (1917-1957) The Hop Pickers, 1945. Watercolour, pen, gouache and chalk © The Estate of John Minton Image courtesy of JP Bland Photography

Museum partner of London Art Fair in 2017, The Lightbox gallery and museum, in Woking celebrated its tenth anniversary with a unique exhibition by The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art titled ‘Ten Years: A Century of Art’. 

Curated by Peter Hall, Curator of The Lightbox, and Jo Baring, Curator of The Ingram Collection, the exhibition demonstrated the breadth, depth and quality of The Ingram Collection, telling the story of a century of British Art rich in innovation and discovery and displaying works by  twentieth century artists including Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and Eric Ravilious.