VADS (the Visual Arts Data Service) has provided services to the academic community for 20 years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 140,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK. VADS is a service of the Library & Student Services department of the University for the Creative Arts.

We can offer advice and guidance to the visual arts research, teaching and learning communities on all aspects of digital resource management from funding, through delivery and use, to preservation. For more information, see the VADS services or email vads@ucreative.ac.uk.

Publicity material

VADS' publicity material is available on request from vads@ucreative.ac.uk or to download from vads.ac.uk/publicity

Help and FAQs

See our help pages for more information about how to use and search the VADS image collection and our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for answers to common queries about the VADS collection.

A selection of feedback:

"I am so happy to have my archives lodged with VADS, there's nowhere better or more accessible and recent additions have enhanced their relevance and value." - Special Collections Manager, London College of Fashion

"This is such a fabulous resource for the visual arts - we are constantly directing our students to the site." School of Art and Design History, Kingston University

"Many thanks indeed for the wonderful improvements. Now the database is exactly how I imagined it to be...a user friendly resource. I am just delighted, and many, many thanks to you for your support. You are very good at your job and I appreciate your commitment and expertise very much." Research Fellow, University of Ulster

"That was quick! Excellent work. I have looked at the database, and it looks just great, thank you so much." Peter King Archive project, London Metropolitan University

"These are excellent resources - thanks for making them available. I'll certainly refer my students to the website." - Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound

"I am grateful to have come across this resource and am delighted that it exists. It certainly brought Jacob Riis's work alive for me and for my students. Thank you for this gem!" Academic

[National Inventory of Continental European Paintings] - "What a fantastic resource, well done!" Head of Research, Tate Gallery

"This looks amazing, and so easy to navigate...Thank you very much for a stunning website for us to show some of our collection, which isn't currently on display." - Curator, Tameside Museums and Galleries Service

"I have had a look at the site and it looks great. I am so glad the project has had such great feedback and it really is such a useful resource." - Assistant Curator, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter

"The website looks excellent and is very easy to move around." - Senior Curatorial Officer, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum



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