white stone sculpture of reclining greyhound

VocalEyes partnering in a major new project promoting the nation’s sculpture

VocalEyes will be a partner in a major new project launched today: a free-to-access online photographic showcase of the UK’s publicly-owned sculpture.

Art UK today announced the start of a major new project – supported by a £2.8 million National Lottery grant – to catalogue the national sculpture collection. In this highly ambitious initiative, around 170,000 sculptures – located inside galleries, museums and public buildings or outdoors in parks, streets and squares – will be displayed on the Art UK website.

The national sculpture collection is drawn from almost every country and era, offering insights into cultures as diverse as twelfth-century Nigeria, Victorian Britain, Tokugawa-period Japan, Renaissance Italy and 1960s New York – a truly global collection. However, a significant proportion is not on display, and very little of it has been photographed. Furthermore, many public monuments have not been thoroughly catalogued, are at risk of decay or of being lost to public record.

Art UK’s three-year project is focusing on sculpture dating from the last thousand years, held in collections and locations across the length and breadth of the British Isles. All objects – irrespective of condition or perceived quality – will be recorded and most will be photographed, some in 3D.

Alongside the development of the web resource, there will be extensive training, learning and engagement programmes around the country. VocalEyes will play a part, as one of several partners to the Art UK Sculpture Project, and will be developing events and activities specifically for blind and partially sighted people. We will also be providing visual awareness training for staff from Art UK and participating collections around the UK.

We’ll be promoting the specific events and resources connected with the project in due course. For more information about the Art UK Sculpture Project, visit the Art UK website.

Image credit: A Greyhound, Joseph Gott, 1827. Temple Newsam, Leeds