Monday 29 December 2008

Picture this

One of the most brilliant projects of which you may not have heard is The Public Catalogue Foundation. As the name suggests, the aim is to produce high-quality catalogues of all the fantastic art held in public collections in the UK. All sorts of closed collections, or holdings to which public access had hitherto been far from easy, have been opened up. Portraits in town halls, police stations, courts and schools, for example, have been photographed and are provided here in a handy format. This major project is likely to be of use to those researching local and art history alike, and will help improve access to these collections. When the project is complete, the catalogues will be made available online, including the images. Until then, the beautiful print catalogues will be your first port of call.