Free-to-access database of public Sculpture goes 'live'
The UK is set to become the first country in the world to create a free-to-access online photographic showcase of its publicly owned sculpture. This is the largest ever sculpture project undertaken in the UK and will be the first database of its kind in the world. Some works have never been catalogued before and have no records associated with them.
Sir John Lewis OBE, Chairman of the PMSA, said, “It has long been the ambition of the PMSA to provide a complete listing of public sculpture in the UK for all to access, as easily and inexpensively as possible. Our partnership with Art UK will see this achieved by 2020 and I am delighted that sculpture will be given its due recognition and rightful profile on this digital platform that showcases the nation’s art to the world.”
As many as 170,000 works are currently hidden away, without records, images or online access, and many public monuments are not fully recorded and are at risk. Led by Art UK, in partnership with PMSA, this ambitious project is transforming the way people access and learn about their sculpture heritage and will allow audiences to share knowledge, exchange opinions and visit sculptures.