Your Paintings: artworks to be projected on UK landmarks

Frances Broomfield, George Formby: Speed Ace (Warrington Museum & Art Gallery / © the artist) Frances Broomfield, George Formby - Speed Ace, 1989
Beryl Cook, Karaoke (CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection / © the artist's estate) Beryl Cook, Karaoke, 1992
Harold C Harvey, The Clay Pits (Bridgeman Art Library) Harold C Harvey, The Clay Pits, 1923

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Buildings around the UK are to have art projected upon them later to celebrate the completion of a website showing the national collection of oil paintings.

Exeter Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall are among the 28 locations where images can be enjoyed from 16:30-22:00 GMT on Friday.

Each location will show four paintings of national interest, as well as three paintings specific to its region.

A full list of venues is available on the Your Paintings website.

Some of the paintings on the site depict historical London scenes

Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers, held by the National Gallery in London, will be one of the four paintings that will be projected at every location.

So will three lesser-known works depicting life in the UK: Frances Broomfield's George Formby - Speed Ace, an affectionate portrait of the chirpy British comic; Beryl Cook's colourful 1992 piece Karaoke; and The Clay Pits by Cornish painter Harold C Harvey.

Works by L S Lowry, Edwin Henry Landseer, Ronald George Lampitt and Rita Duffy will be shown in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively, alongside pieces by other artists indigenous to each country.

The projections mark the start of a month of exhibitions and events organised by the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation, who have created Your Paintings in conjunction with participating collections and museums from across the UK.

Vincent Van Gogh, Sunflowers (©The National Gallery, London) Van Gogh's celebrated Sunflowers is held by the National Gallery

"No other country has ever embarked on such a project to make accessible online its entire collection of oil paintings," said Andrew Ellis from the Public Catalogue Foundation.

"The result is an extraordinary, rich and varied virtual gallery of paintings with styles and subject matters to suit all tastes and interests."

More than 37,000 artists are represented on the website, with works ranging from Old Masters to works by leading contemporary painters.

The vast majority of the collection has never been photographed before, while around 30,000 paintings do not have firm artist attributions.

The National Trust owns the largest single collection featured on the website, its holdings accounting for 12,567 entries.

Members of the public are invited to "tag" paintings in their local collections on the website, to help future users find paintings by subjects, themes and events of common interest.


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    Comment number 32.

    @ 30. angry_of_garston
    >>>Why such a temporary display. Omce the initial outlay for projectors etc has been met the cost of continuing the displays would be minimal.

    You've obviously never looked at the prices of replacement lamps for large projectors. Think full-priced ink cartridge prices as compared to the printer purchase price, then you're in the zone!

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    Comment number 31.

    If these places are landmarks why do anything to them? Put the paintings on the eyesores to make thm look better instead!

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    Comment number 30.

    Why such a temporary display. Omce the initial outlay for projectors etc has been met the cost of continuing the displays would be minimal. Why not do it every Friday?

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    Comment number 29.

    This is all very well but it does not really address the problem. Hundreds of paintings are hidden away, publicly owned paintings should be much easier to view by their owners - the public. I remember my husband asked if he could see a particular Van Gogh at the Washington NGA and was escorted to the Director's Board Room and given a private view.

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    Comment number 28.

    47 Minutes ago
    I am disappointed that none of Edinburgh's beautiful buildings are being used in this project.

    ..... I am not - we don't need tacky illuminations when as you say we have the real thing - beautiful buildings. I can go to art galleries if I want to see paintings. Who is paying for this?

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    Comment number 27.

    @11 At the time i read this article there was no indication that Lincoln would host an event. I accept i was wrong on this one, however as someone from Lincoln, we have noticed a distinct lack of national events that take place in the city

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    Comment number 26.

    I am disappointed that none of Edinburgh's beautiful buildings are being used in this project.

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    Comment number 25.

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    Comment number 24.

    Does anyone gain a benefit, for example will it be helping to promote young UK artists?

    If it's just going to be limited to projecting well known works of art to irritate local residents by light pollution and show enthusiasts works they've already seen, I think it should be stopped.

    It would be good, however, if it served a useful purpose but only if.

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    Comment number 23.

    I guess that Ronald George Lampitt was selected for Wales because of his paintings of two Welsh castles, even though he was English (like Landseer) and they live in York. But I would have thought that Kyffin Williams would have been much more representative of Wales.

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    Comment number 22.

    Seems essentially a good idea, as long as the entire collection is on the Internet - accessible, categorized, etc. "Projection" is an interesting concept. Things that I especially like:
    - Each location to show 4 paintings of national interest + 3 specific to region.
    - full list of venues on Your Paintings website.
    I believe this is a keeper!

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    Comment number 21.

    The projections are Utterly pointless. Presumably just a way of those involved keeping hold of silly money high pay.

    All paintings should however be available in high quality files online and free to all. That is a minimum reasonable expectation from national collections we already own. In so far as that is part of what is the real work behind this silly stunt of projections, that much is good.

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    Comment number 20.

    Wow! I think it's a great idea. It's always nice to see something 'different' on your travels. To celebrate art in this way is also educational. It doesn't matter that they aren't all British. Art is art no matter who did it

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 18.

    Oh yes. It's just the Scots that get typecast.

    Which Nationality has played basically EVERY MAJOR Hollywood baddy for 50 years, oh yes the English!

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    Comment number 17.

    Well if the samples depicted are representative, aka No Mean City Glasgow I can guess what image will have on its gable end...We Scots get type-cast in books, films & plays....

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    Comment number 16.

    I'm failing to see the point? Are they expecting people from all over the country to flock to these places to stare a walls for a few hours. If you want to share works of art across an easily accessable media we have the internet.

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    Comment number 15.

    I live in Thurrock, which was named the most miserable place in the UK.This would have brightened it up a bit.But alas no.

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    Comment number 14.

    @ 8. Bildeborg: "Alas, no projections to be shown in Cornwall though all other counties are catered for."

    Feeling a little paranoid, are we? There are 48 counties in the UK and 28 locations for this project. You do the maths. Perhaps the organisers weren't able to gain permission to use any of the suitable buildings in Cornwall. The Tate at St Ives seems an obvious choice, after all.

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    Comment number 13.

    "will be projected on to iconic and high profile buildings at locations across the UK." and in wrexham this iconic and high profile building is:

    Wait for it......


    Marks & Spencer's wall


    Well at least it made me smile


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