A project to catalogue all publicly-owned oil paintings in the UK is nearing completion. After almost 10 years of photographing 210,000 paintings by 46,000 artists, the Public Catalogue Foundation, in conjunction with the BBC, is due to complete its task this week.
Andrew Ellis, Director of the Public Catalogue Foundation, told the Today programme that over 100 people have been working on this project, taking them all over the UK from the Shetland Islands to the Scilly Isles.
Mr Ellis said the UK has a "wonderful art collection" that is "made to be seen" - however 80% of the paintings are not on view to the public. So, he is urging people to view them on the website.
The photographs, along with video clips and guided tours, can be found on the BBC Your Paintings site.
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