Lewisham Council’s art collection online [UPDATED]

Brockley Road, 1838 - the oldest dated picture in Lewisham's collection

Lewisham Council writes:

A hugely ambitious project to put online the United Kingdom’s entire collection of oil paintings that are in public ownership has been completed and includes 162 paintings from Lewisham Council’s collection. Residents are being encouraged to view the full collection and ‘tag’ any paintings they may know or have some background on.

Known as Your Paintings, the site is a partnership between the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and the BBC and was launched with 63,000 paintings in June 2011. The project covers paintings held not only by museums and galleries but also works in local authorities, universities, hospitals, zoos and even a lighthouse. The vast majority had never been photographed but all are being exhibited on the site regardless of their perceived quality or condition.

To view Lewisham’s contribution to the Your Paintings site, go to
www.bbc.co.uk/art/yourpaintings and search under collections and galleries for Lewisham Local History and Archive Centre in the Greater London section.

12 comments:

Bridget McKenzie said...

One of the main reasons for pulling all the nation's paintings into one website is to draw out local and specialist knowledge about them, mainly through the Tagging function and the Art Detective function. So, do explore and tag them with terms relevant to the paintings, or send a message telling what you know. Also relevant to Lewisham are paintings owned by Lewisham college, Goldsmith's College and Trinity Laban.
I worked on the Audience Development Plan for this website, hence my encouragement to get involved.

Anonymous said...

Any relation?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/the-ravensbourne-at-mill-road-193917

Anonymous said...

If Lewisham Council has 162 paintings in its collection isn't it about time that it opened a local history museum and art gallery?

Perhaps on Deptford High Street.

NAT said...

Don't think the 'I agree with Lou' brigade would stand for that,

BeingMe said...

There are about four disused advertising boards around Mantle Road. Maybe they could be used by artists to advertise their work in someway?
It could work well for advertising dependant shops perhaps too.... maybe commission artists to create posters for this bill boards?
Just a thought...

Anonymous said...

What's happened to Rolf Harris's painting in lewisham hospital and maybe cash strapped lewisham council could sell the works!!!!

Anonymous said...

ps Audience development means bugger all if you do not give funding to the arts!!! oh yes unless its elitist wine and dine white middle class s h one t occasions

Tamsin said...

"maybe commission artists to create posters for this bill boards?"

They did for a while - anyone else recall with affection the "I love Brockley" posters and the picture of a chap taking a rabbit by the hand to pre-school along Endwell Road. It does cost quite a bit, though.

BeingMe said...

There are about four disused advertising boards around Mantle Road. Maybe they could be used by artists to advertise their work in someway?
It could work well for advertising dependant shops perhaps too.... maybe commission artists to create posters for this bill boards?
Just a thought...

max said...

Not public property but I would add to the catalogue the mural in the dining hall of Maggie's Cafe.
It's been there for decades and it must have been seen by a gazillion people over the years.
For those not familiar it's a proper political mural "Mexican style", celebrating the life of everyday people in Lewisham and I've been told by Maggie herself that it's depicting real people she actually knew.

Moira said...

I contacted the owners of the boards some years back to let us use them for art work during Brockley Max. They weren't interested.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing..

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