Isolation with Art UK - Conrad Shawcross, 2020 Patron

For 2020, Conrad has been selected as the Patron for Art UK, the country's leading online art platform. Arts education is essential for fostering creative cross-disciplinary thought, leading to innovations across communities. Art UK brings the nation's art collections into our homes via their growing online platform and the artworks themselves into our schools. They are inspiring the next generation and expanding the educational possibilities of our unique, untapped collections.

2020 is an important year for Art UK as their ambitious sculpture digitisation project comes to fruition. The three-year project will see around 80,000 of the nation's publicly owned sculptures join their online database, many of which have never been documented before. The UK will be the first country in the world to create a free-to-access online showcase of its publicly owned sculpture, for everyone's enjoyment, learning and research.

A direct quote from Conrad Shawcross:

"This unprecedented moment has deprived us of human interaction, culture, and visceral analogue experience, including seeing many of our favourite artworks in person. I always advocate for the experience of seeing a sculpture in the flesh if you can, but while we are on national lockdown this is clearly not possible. I want to direct everyone to the extraordinary resource that is Art UK, who luckily have been working hard since 2003 to digitise our national collection, making it accessible to more people than ever before. Their website offers a variety of different ways to engage with the nation’s unique art collections, while the institutions that house them remain physically closed to the public until further notice. It allows you to search by region, date, or artist to learn more about the art all over the length and breadth of the country, offering up stories behind the artworks and information on the artists. Most recently they have published write-ups on the works of Elizabeth Blackadder, Frida Kahlo and Lubaina Himid in honour of Women's History Month. They have also just launched 'The Great British Art Quiz' in partnership with The Guardian which will see museums, galleries and trusts set a series of questions each day to help you learn more about the works in their collection."

Further information can be found at the following links:

 
Photo:
Peter Doig
Concrete Cabin, 1991 - 92
oil on canvas
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
 
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