U.K. arts organisations, directories

U.K. arts organizations, art guides, portals, databases and directories


Antique dealers in the U.K. A web directory, listed alphabetically and by area.

Artcyclopedia. British artists web index. Artists with work displayed in art museums.

The National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund) believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience great art at first hand. They work to achieve this by enriching museums and galleries throughout the UK with works of art of all kinds. Since 1903, they have been helping museums up and down the country acquire works of art.

Art galleries in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
A searchable web directory and database by Galleries.co.uk.

Artists Professional Development Network (APD)
An online UK-wide intelligence and exchange forum for organizations that are pro-actively developing information, advice, training and professional development services for visual and applied artists.

Artists. British artists web index.
Artists with work displayed in art museums. Artcyclopaedia

The Arts Ablaze Gallery
This virtual gallery is a small artist run establishment, aiming to afford artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work to a wider audience. Artists can exhibit work in any medium and have the option to exhibit up to four artworks free of charge.

Axisweb is a curated showcase for UK contemporary art. They help you make connections, find work and stay informed.


British Academy
The National Academy for the Humanities and the Social Sciences, an independent, self-governing fellowship of c. 750 scholars, elected for distinction and achievement in one or more branches of the academic disciplines that make up the humanities and social sciences.

British Arts
A comprehensive listing of arts in the U.K. Artists Register, Art Competitions, Events, Links to British Artists.

provides UK artists a low cost, commission free way to exhibit their artwork.  It has no selection process and is open to all artists at any ability level.

British artists. English artists. Great British art on the internet from  Artcyclopaedia.
A chronological listing of several hundred British artists, from Mathew Harris to Benjamin Tanner.

British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies

British Council
Arts, literature and design resources from the British Council.

British drawings, watercolours and paintings from the Wallace Collection, London.
Bonington, Callow, Cooper, Denning, Derby, Downman, Gainsborough, Roberts, Romney, Sant, Symonds, Turner, Westall, Wilkie and others.


A public exhibiting space for experimental curatorial projects by invited art and design professionals. CHELSEA space has an international and interdisciplinary programme covering art, design and popular culture. Millbank, London.

The website is open to anyone from anywhere to join – however it is predominately aimed at South-West England and Devon creatives. It is a creative and cultural forum and support service for creatives to showcase work and for visitors and residents to access events and news items. The site marries beauty with web 2.0 function.


Federation of British Artists
The Mall Galleries – one of the few London venues to show the work of well-established British artists alongside that of up-and-coming students and young unknown painters.

New Exhibitions of Contemporary Art
London, Ireland, Wales, Scotland.

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.


Tate Gallery, London


U.K. Artists, a free index of artists from The United Kingdom.
A directory of UK artists which includes comprehensive data, customer reviews and pictures. Free Index.com

Victorian artists. Victoriaweb
The visual arts of the Victorian period in Britain.

‘Young British Artists’

Young British artists from The Saatchi Collection. Artcyclopedia

Young British Artists, Wikipedia entries.

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. .

Directories of private galleries in the U.K.

Art galleries in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
A searchable web directory and database by Galleries.co.uk.

London Art Galleries

Society of London Art Dealers