Image Resources

Access Ceramics: A Contemporary Ceramics Image Resource  
A freely available growing collection of contemporary ceramics for artists, scholars and the general public, which is held within the Flickr photo sharing system.

Art Rabbit
An international contemporary art discussion community. Find out about current exhibitions, read and discuss what other people think and share your favourites. A great place to keep up to date and access contemporary art images. 

The Art of Reproduction
Site featuring images of art taken from the Internet, showing the differences in colour quality of reproductions; highlighting the importance of finding images from musem and artist websites, or from our image databases.

Artists Books - Reed Digital Collections 
This collection provides access to over 1,000 images of the book arts, highlighting major historical categories such as livre d'artists, the avant-garde, conceptualism, and the contemporary.

Bauhaus Archive, Berlin
Information about the Bauhaus School, the museum building and it's collections.

BBC -Your Paintings
Thousands of paintings from the UK's national art collection, the stories behind them, and where to see them for real.

Berlinische Galerie: Museum of Modern Art, Berlin
Museum of modern art, photography and architecture in Berlin.

British Cartoon Archive Digitisation Project 
Digital images from the British Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent, which holds more than 130,000 editorial, socio-political and pocket cartoons.

Cool Brands
Information on the coolest British brands voted on by an elected 'Expert Council' and around 3,000 members of the general public.

Corbis Images 
Provides access to a comprehensive selection of photography, illustration, film footage, typefaces and rights clearance services.

Crafts Council
Information about the Crafts Council including images from contemporary makers. Select Explore/Photostore to access over 1000 images of work selected by the Crafts Council panel and images from their collection, magazine, exhibitions and fairs.

Creative Commons
Looking for copyright free images to download or modify? Find out more about Creative Commons (CC) licensed images and follow links to sites that provide them. (Note: read the disclosure statement on the (CC) home page and always check that the images you have chosen are covered by a license).

Daimler Art Collection, Berlin
C20th and C21st art collection, primarily in the field of abstraction.

Design Museum
Leading museum on contemporary design from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design. The website features information on past, present and current exhibitions, talks and events, the collections and podcasts.

Free to use photo sharing store of over 5 billion images. Over 200 million of these have Creative Commons licences which means many are free to download. Upload your own images to share or simply view others' for inspiration.

Freeze Frame 
Freeze Frame gives access to historic polar images (1845-1982) from the Scott Polar Research Institute, illustrating polar exploration in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Gemaldegalerie, Berlin
Specialises in European painting from the C13th to the C18th.

Getty Images 
Access to 24.7 million creative stock and editorial images, as well as film clips and music.

Getty Search Gateway
Free to download images from several of the Getty repositories, including collections databases, library catalogues, collection inventories and archives.

Google Advanced Image Search
Be more specific with your image searches using Google's Advanced Search option.

Google Art Project
Explore museums and galleries using streetview, view collections, listen to audio tours, zoom into artwork, create your own image collections to share with others' online.

The Glasgow School of Art's Archives and Collections
Images are licensed under Creative Commons and low resolution images are free to download for educational use.

Lambiek Comiclopedia
Illustrated compendium of nearly 12,000 comic artists from around the world.

Life Photo Archive: Google Image Search 
Millions of photographs from Life magazine photo archive, from the 1750's to today, including many that have never been published.  

Museum website with access to the Atlas database of over 30,000 images of works exhibited. 

Marian Goodman Gallery 
The Marian Goodman Gallery web-site provides access to contemporary exhibitions held in its Paris and New York galleries, and is well-known for exhibiting the most influential artists in today's artworld.

Metropolitan Museum: Works of Art Collection Database 
The Collection Database is a searchable database of more than 130,000 images, representing artworks held in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Free to download, high resolution stock images for creatives.

Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) 
Collections include wallpapers, textiles, designs, books, catalogues and magazines from the late 19th to the late 20th century.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Archiecture and Design
Curatorial department established in 1932: includes access to a range of images and information from the early 20th century to the present day.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Collections
Contains 200,000 works of modern and contemporary work by over 10,000 artists, with 62,000 works available online.

National Portrait Gallery Collections 
Searchable database of 120,000 portraits from 16th century to the present day. 

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Specialises in international C20th art.

Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource 
Digitised version of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Pre-Raphaelite Collection.

Rijks Studio 
Rijksmuseum's collection of 125,000 digital masterpieces free to download and manipulate for personal and educational purposes. 

Science Photo Library
Includes some royalty free images for science & technology, environment, space, history, animals and flowers.

Smithsonian Institution 
Access to and information about the collections held at the Smithsonian, including Encyclopedia Smithsonian, a searchable database of over 210,000 images. 

Tate Online 
Searchable database of images of works held at the Tate Gallery, including links to collections held at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives. 

VADS: the Visual Arts Data Service 
Collection of over 100,000 digital images free for use in education.

Victoria and Albert Museum
86,000 images from the V&A collections covering ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture, spanning 3000 years. Search the collections database to access freely available images for personal and educational use. 

Web Gallery of Art 
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European paining and sculpture of over 22,600 images, representing artworks from 12th to mid-19th centuries. 

Wellcome images: 2000 years of human culture 
This unrivalled collection contains historical images from the Wellcome Library collections, Tibetan Buddhist paintings, ancient Sanskrit manuscripts written on palm leaves, beautifully illuminated Persian books and much more.

Access to the California State University IMAGE project, of around 75,000 freely available images for educational use. Subjects are varied from cultural and social interactions, to 20th century graphics, and contemporary exhibitions.