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Newly researched master paintings launched online

The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has released over 1300 newly researched records of old master paintings.

An Aside in the Theatre, Paul Barthel, York Art Gallery

The 1,306 paintings, which come from four of the UK’s most important regional collections, have been made freely available online as part of the National Inventory of Continental European Paintings (‘NICE Paintings’).

The release is the result of the ‘NIRP of the North’ project, the latest phase of the National Inventory Research Project, an initiative from the University of Glasgow’s College of Arts which aims to help hard-pressed regional museums research and publicise their collections of pre-1900 Continental European oil paintings.

The Guitar Player, Jacques van Schuppen, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

As part of ‘NIRP in the North’, international researchers from the UK, Italy and Poland worked on collections in the National Museums Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and Galleries and York Art Gallery, assisted by funding from the Kress Foundation, the John Ellerman Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust.

As a result of the research, all 1,306 works have now been described in detail and reassessed, with many of the paintings being re-attributed and subjects newly identified. Updated and detailed information on collectors, provenance, exhibition and publication history is also now freely available.

VADS provides online access to a growing collection of visual images contributed by universities, libraries, museums and archives from across the UK, which are available freely for non-commercial educational use. It’s been hosted online for twenty years by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), a specialist university with over 160 years of experience in supporting and developing creative arts students.

To view the newly researched works, please visit http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/NIRP/index.php

Universities partner to promote online design collection

500 images have been launched online today on the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) from the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) at: http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/MODA.php

Silver Studio design

This unique collection includes well-known graphic designs, typography and book design, advertisements and posters, wallpapers, textiles, fashion, and interior design.

MoDA’s collections engage with design histories including the furnishing of ‘ordinary’ homes of the early and mid-twentieth century, the design process of commercial wallpaper and textiles for the home and inter-war suburbia. The collections are also concerned with broader themes encompassing visual and material culture.

Detail from Katagami stencil

The museum developed from a number of collections acquired by Middlesex University between the late 1960s and the 1990s.

VADS has also developed custom built web stats for the museum collection, allowing MoDA to track visitors from theme and collection pages to individual items and gain a better understanding of how people are using the online collection.

VADS has been hosted online for over 16 years by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), a specialist university with over 150 years of experience in supporting and developing creative arts students.

VADS provides online access to a growing collection of visual images contributed by universities, libraries, museums and archives from across the UK, which can be used freely for education.

Wallpaper by Silver Studio

To explore all the VADS collections, totalling over 140,000 images, visit: http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections

To view more of MoDA’s collections online visit: http://www.moda.mdx.ac.uk/home
To view items from the museum’s collection in person please contact: modastudyrm@mdx.ac.uk

Fabric designed by Jacqueline Groag for David Whitehead Ltd

MoDA’s collaboration with VADS was made possible with the support of Jisc, the not-for-profit organization for higher, further education and skills. It was one of the projects selected to take part in of Jisc’s Spotlight on the Digital resource discovery training programme pilot.

 

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