Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)

Centralised access to 45 visual art collections.

Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)

This well-established online archive holds many thousands of images belonging to a diverse variety of art collections and is a well-utilised resource for students, teachers and researchers.

The archive holds a wealth of visual material, totalling over 100,000 images. All images are free and copyright cleared for use by the academic and learning communities. Subjects ranging from Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Sir Henry Dryden to Public Monuments and the collections of the London College of Fashion are represented.

The site also provides advice and case studies on building and maintaining digital art education collections, and links to detailed advice on creating digital images for use in learning projects.

How can this collection be used in teaching, studying and research?

This collection has both a broad and specialised appeal - it is invaluable to students, teachers and researchers in any visual media or design field, as well as anyone focusing on a particular subject represented in the archive, such as military history.

Highlights from this collection

Oxford Portraits offers access to paintings, drawings, photos and other representations of leading figures from the 15th century to the present day and the African & Asian Visual Artists Archive features contemporary work produced in Britain by artists of African and Asian descent since the Second World War.

Oxford PortraitsAfrican & Asian Visual Artists Archive

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