See the nation's oil paintings and contribute to an important project

01 August 2011

Your Paintings is a brand new website that has just been launched by the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation. By the end of 2012 all 200,000 oil paintings in the national collection will be on their website.


Go to to see this wonderful resource.


To allow users across the world to search these paintings for subjects that interest them, the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation need help identifying what can be seen in each painting. Can you help with this?


Clicking the link below will take you to Your Paintings Tagger. Without leaving your desk you will be led on a digital tour of paintings around the country. You will be shown, at random, a sequence of paintings and asked to ‘tag’ them. All you need to do is to look closely at the painting and report what you see.


Tagging is easy and enormous fun. And don’t worry, you don’t need to be an art expert to tag – anyone can make a valuable contribution to this important national project. Please have a go!


Your Paintings Tagger



The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With nearly 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyondThis website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.