British art galleries, British art museums, artists; a guide to websites

British (UK) art galleries and museums, indexed by town and region; Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, Sussex.…


Leicester *

Goldmark Gallery
A friendly ‘art shop’ which stocks thousands of prints, paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures across a very wide range of top British, American and European artists. They also make films, publish books and hold concerts and events…14 Orange Street, Uppingham, Rutland

Leicester museums and art galleries, a guide.

Arts, music and entertainment in Leicester.
An events and exhibition’s guide.

Made in Leicestershire
Made in Leicestershire is a showcasing project set up by Creative Leicestershire.

Leicester Society of Artists
View events, exhibitions and public lectures.


Lisson Gallery, London
An influential gallery for contemporary British and international art.

Liverpool *

The Bluecoat Arts Centre

Liverpool Biennial, International Festival of Contemporary Art.

Liverpool Art and Culture News

Liverpool Museums

Tate Liverpool
International modern and contemporary art.

Top 10 arts venues in Liverpool. The Guardian

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Liverpool World Heritage Homepage

London *

See: London and London Art Galleries Website Guide



Art Magazines and Journals

Mallet art and antiques auction house, London.

Manchester *

Bridgewater Hall

Hazard is Manchester’s micro-festival of incidental intervention and sited performance, packed full of chance encounters, random occurrences and risky ventures around and about the city centre.

HOME Manchester
Formed by the merger of two of Manchester’s best-loved arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, their mission is to make a new home for curiosity seekers, for lovers of the dramatic, the digital and the deeply engaging; for radicals and reciprocators.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Metropolitan University art galleries.

Manchester Museum

Museums of Greater Manchester

Royal Northern College of Music

Theatres in Manchester. Virtual Manchester

Whitworth Art Gallery
Collections of British watercolours, textiles and wallpapers, as well as modern and historic prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture.

Margate *

Turner Contemporary
Turner Contemporary is contemporary visual arts organisation in Margate, Kent.


Medieval Britain Index.  Britannica. 1066 – 1485. 
The Norman Conquest, castles, travels through Brtish history, original sources and texts, Church history.

Medieval England. A history timeline. Medieval art, architecture, churches and society.

Museums *

Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries

Museums Association
The largest association representing museums and galleries in the United Kingdom.

Games and fun for kids from UK museums, galleries and heritage.
Show Me for kids features free games, activities, puzzles, things to do, competitions, places to go, web-links and news from UK museums and galleries.

British Museum
The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors.

The Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum, the multi-branch national museum of war and wartime life from the First World War, through the Second World War, to the present.

National Gallery, London

Natural History Museum

National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.

National Portrait Gallery, London. Online picture library.

Tate Gallery, London. English/British artists online.

Science Museum
The website of the Science Museum in South Kensington, London.

Victoria and Albert Museum


National Gallery, London

National Museum of Photography, Film and Television

National Portrait Gallery, London. Online picture library.

Newcastle *

Laing Art Gallery/Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
The Laing Art Gallery is home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture and its exhibition programme is renowned for bringing the biggest names in historic, modern and contemporary art to the North East.

The Sage Gateshead
The Sage Gateshead is a concert venue and also a centre for musical education, located in Gateshead on the south bank of the River Tyne,

Zero Cool Gallery
Zero Cool was formed in late 2008 by a group of artists, curators and collectors. They aim to work closely with a small group of artists from different backgrounds be it graffiti, street art, pop art or conceptualism and to help develop this work overtime.

The New English Art Club *

The New English Art Club
The New English Art Club exhibition diary, showing current and upcoming exhibitions and events.

New English Art Club
The New English Art Club (NEAC) was founded in London in 1885 as an alternate venue to the Royal Academy. Wikipedia entry.


The New Statesman

Norfolk *

Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norwich *

Bircham Gallery
A contemporary art gallery specialising in modern British and contemporary painting, sculpture, original prints, studio ceramics, glass and designer jewellery. 14 Market Place
Holt Norfolk NR25 6BW

Museums in Norfolk, a guide.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an art museum at the University of East Anglia.

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
One of the city’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Now a museum and art gallery, it is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history.

Bridewell Museum

Mandell’s Gallery
Mandell’s Gallery is one of Norwich and Norfolk’s most respected art galleries. Originally specializing in 19th Century Norwich School painters, the gallery has expanded greatly and now has a diverse collection of traditional and contemporary art. Elm Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1HN

Norwich Studio Art Gallery


Outpost is an artist-run gallery, based in Norwich, committed to the uncompromising presentation of contemporary art.

Nottingham *

Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham Contemporary, a contemporary art gallery and home for thinking, experiencing and imagining things.

Art and design courses at Nottingham Trent University

Central College Nottingham School of Visual Arts and Digital Media
The school has spacious art, fashion, photography and digital i-media studios with a large variety of resources to support our learners. All of their workshops and studios are fully equipped with commercially relevant resources including state- of-the-art Apple Mac and PC multimedia suites with up-to-date software and facilities.

New Art Exchange
The New Art Exchange is an international centre for the contemporary visual arts and crafts in Nottingham.

Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham
Lakeside, the University of Nottingham’s public arts facility based in the surroundings of Highfields Park.


Oldham *

Gallery Oldham
A space for people and ideas.

Oxford, Oxfordshire *

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology 

Bohun Gallery
Bohun Gallery specializes in contemporary British fine art. Work shown includes paintings, sculpture, watercolours, drawings, original prints, and ceramics. Artists represented range from the young and promising to recognized figures such as John Piper, Elisabeth Frink, Donald Hamilton Fraser, Mary Fedden and Eric Rimmington. The Gallery also represents the estate of Julian Trevelyan. 15 Reading Road Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire  RG9 1AB

Brian Sinfield Gallery
The Brian Sinfield Gallery is one of the most important outside London for contemporary painting and one of the longest established galleries in the Cotswolds. They specialise in work by mainly British artists, and also hold a select group of sculpture, mainly bronze. 127 The Hill, Burford Oxon. OX18 4RE

Christ Church Picture Gallery. Christ Church, Oxford.

Modern Art Oxford
A program of temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary visual art.

The Faringdon Collection, Buscot Park
The Faringdon Collection is the result of a century of collecting works of art by the Lords Faringdon. It includes paintings by Rembrandt, Reynolds, Rubens, van Dyck and Murillo, and there is a small but important collection of drawings.

The Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford.

Sarah Wiseman Gallery. Affordable contemporary art.

University of Oxford museums and collections.

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
The centre has two complementary purposes; to contribute to the understanding of British painting, sculpture and architecture and to provide scholars with facilities to study British art and culture in London.

Penzance *

Penlee House Gallery and Museum


Portraits, British portrait painting

Pre-Raphaelites  See: Victorian Art

The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts

The Public Catalogue Foundation
The Public Catalogue Foundation is a registered charity based in Covent Garden, London. It was set up to photograph and record all oil, acrylic and tempera paintings in publicly owned collections in the UK. This includes works in museums (both on display and in store) as well as paintings in council buildings, universities, hospitals, police stations and fire stations. It is estimated that there are some 200,000 such paintings in the UK. However, at any one time some 80% of these are hidden from public view, being either in storerooms or public buildings in official use.


Reading Public Museum

Richard Green Galleries
London galleries specialising in British paintings, sporting paintings, marine paintings and the French Impressionists.

Rothschild Research Forum
The Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor.

Royal Albert Hall, London.

Royal Academy of Arts, London

The Royal Festival Hall, London
The Royal Festival Hall offer a wide variety of classical music concerts, art performances, performing arts and free events.


St Ives (Cornwall) artists *

List of St Ives artists.

Barbara Hepworth MuseumBen Nicholson. List of works in Museums and Public Art Galleries

Ben Nicholson at the Tate Collection

Bernard Leach Pottery

Bernard Leech Studio Pottery

Historic Leach pottery at 

Stoke-on-Trent Museums

Naum Gabo. Tate Gallery Archive

Patrick Heron. Artcyclopedia entry.

Patrick Heron. Tate Biography

Tate St Ives

Art galleries in St Ives. A list from

An on-line journal for art and artists in Cornwall.


The Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery, London is at the forefront of Contemporary art with a large resource section and educational facilities on a variety of artists.

Salford *

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Scarborough *

Scarborough Art Gallery
Schools, universities, colleges.

Sculpture *

British sculptors.
A list from Wikipedia.

CassSculpture Foundation
Sculpture. Contemporary British sculptors. Goodwood news, featured sculptors, archive, links.
The Foundation is a charitable organization which operates by way of a rigorous commissioning process. Approximately 20 new monumental works, predominantly by contemporary British sculptors, are produced annually.

Royal British Society of Sculptors
A membership society for professional sculptors. It runs an advice and information service; a resource center; an educational program; plus a management program.

Tate Gallery. New British Sculpture
In Britain a strong group of young sculptors emerged whose work although quite disparate, quickly became known as New British Sculpture.

Sheffield *

Art Sheffield
Offers listings of contemporary art exhibitions, artist talks, openings and events in Sheffield.

Cornucopia Radio
Cornucopia Radio, based in Sheffield, make sketch comedy, audio drama, podcasts and have their own radio station. All the music they play on the station will be licensed under a ‘Creative Commons’ agreement, which allow creators to place conditions on their copyrights.

Museums Sheffield
Home of Sheffield’s visual art collection.

Sheffield Institute of Art and Design
A community of artists and designers with the latest media and production facilities and studios and workshops.

Sheffield Hallam University
The fine art department at Sheffield Hallam University.

Art Show
Online gallery of artists in Sheffield.

Graves Art Gallery

Site Gallery Media Art & Photography

S1 Art Space

Yorkshire ArtSpace

Shropshire, Shrewsbury *

Callaghan Fine Paintings

Galleries in Shrewsbury

The Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture, Shropshire, UK

Museums. Shrewsbury Museums Service

Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology

Shropshire arts and crafts. Virtual Shropshire

Twenty Twenty Gallery
Contemporary art and craft by British Artists.

South-East England/Sussex *

Lighthouse is a leading arts agency in South East England supporting, commissioning and showcasing new work by artists.

Museums and galleries in South-East England

Sussex; East Sussex *

Brighton Museum and Art gallery

De la Warr Pavilion
De La Warr Pavilion built in 1935 and re-furbished in 2005 as a national centre for contemporary arts for the south east region and beyond.

Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Sussex; West Sussex *

The Astarte Gallery
The Astarte Gallery in Petworth, Sussex, offers a collection of modern oil paintings, contemporary paintings and modern 20th century British paintings, antique furniture, modern jewellery, glass sculpture, bronze figures, bronze sculpture, and objet d art, etc.

Forest Gallery
A leading British art gallery showcasing original contemporary and traditional art; in Petworth.

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Museums and galleries in West Sussex.

Southhampton *

Southampton City Art Gallery


Spike magazine
About people, books and ideas. Based in the UK.

Slade Art School, London 


Tate Gallery, London. English/British artists online. 

Tunbridge Wells *

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery


Turner Contemporary
Turner Contemporary is contemporary visual arts organisation in Margate, Kent.

The Turner Prize
Britain’s most well-known contemporary art prize

Tynside *

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is a major regional museum, art gallery and archives service. We manage a collection of nine museums and galleries across Tyneside and the Archives for Tyne and Wear.

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum Google Art Project online gallery.

The Customs House Arts Centre


See also: Victorian art, an index of websites.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Victorian Web. Victorian art and culture, Victorian decadents, Victorian aesthetes.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The world’s largest museum of decorative and applied arts.


Wales *

See also: Wales
Wales. The North Wales Art and Culture Index
A comprehensive directory of arts, music, theatre and literature from Wales.

Wales. The BBC web guide to Wales.

Wales. Mid Wales Art and Culture Index.

Wales. National museums and Galleries of Wales.

Wales. From Britannica. com. Links to traditions, history, sacred places.

The Wallace Collection, London.

Wallsall *

The New Art Gallery Walsall

Warwick/Warwickshire *

The Warwick Arts Centre

Compton Verney
Compton Verney is home to six collections of nationally and internationally significant art from around the world: Paintings and objects from Naples during the ‘Golden Age’ of Baroque Art (1600-1800); British Portraits; Chinese Bronzes and pottery. It also has the UK’s largest collection of British Folk Art objects and paintings.

Websites. British Arts. British arts website directory.

The West Country *

The Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Devon

St Ives Society of Artists

Tate St-Ives


Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Whitworth Art Gallery (The University of Manchester)
The Whitworth Art Gallery. Home to some of the UK’s finest collections of art and design including modern and historic fine art.

Wiltshire *

Katharine House Gallery
Their gallery offers an eclectic mix of affordable paintings, prints, constructions, sculptures and ceramics by Modern British artists. Since the early 1990s, Katharine House Gallery has dealt in Modern British Art with particular emphasis on the post-war period. The Parade, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1NE

Wolverhampton *

Initial Access, the Frank Cohen Collection

Wolverhampton Art Gallery


The Yale Centre for British Art
Exhibitions, collections, library. Paintings and sculpture, prints and drawings, rare books and archives.

A regular program of undergraduate courses offered by Yale University at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London. Its aim is to enable students to study British culture on its home ground.

York/Yorkshire *

Art Show Online Gallery
An online gallery for artists, with information about the artists and examples of their work. There are many different types of artists featured on this site.

Bronte Country, West Yorkshire.

Castle Howard (where Brideshead Revisited was filmed).

The Henry Moore Institute

Fairfax House

Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Museum

National Media Museum
The National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Scarborough Museum

Treasurer’s House

York, Yorkshire tourist attractions, from Britain Express

York Art Gallery

York Castle Museum

York Museums Trust

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens
This site offers local historical artefacts from Roman and Viking times, plus traveling exhibitions.

Museums in Yorkshire
Museums in Yorkshire, part of the Yorkshire Travel guide.


Your Paintings
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. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country. Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (a registered charity) and participating collections and museums from across the UK.

See also: British Artists / English Artists (a general selection)