Tens of thousand of artworks available online: as National Galleries of Scotland launches new website

Tens of thousand of artworks available online: as National Galleries of Scotland launches new website

The transformation of the National Galleries of Scotland’s (NGS) website: the country’s art collection digitally accessible in its entirety for the first time. This redevelopment is a major step towards National Galleries of Scotland’s long-term intention to make all of its art available online to anybody, from anywhere in the world, via any device, at any time.

With the new features and massively enhanced functionality available to users of the site, it has never been easier to explore and take advantage of the fantastic art that NGS has to offer.

Online visitors will have dramatically improved access to the entire holdings of the National Galleries of Scotland and can easily navigate a brand-new site with a clean and intuitive interface specifically tailored to illustrate the strength and scope of a collection containing over 95,000 objects. Some 40,000 high-resolution images, including all of the Collection’s most significant artworks, are available to view online, while images of the remainder will be published online over the next five years.

The public can now enjoy a more personalised experience and engage with the collection to a much greater degree. Images can now be favourited and shared easily on social media, users can now zoom in on high-resolution images so closely that even individual brushstrokes can be detected, and the majority can be readily downloaded free of charge.

An enhanced search function has been expanded to contain not only details about artists and each artwork, and also any relevant material for each page too, including related artworks, Features, current and past exhibitions, events and shop products.

The comprehensive new Features section, designed to host unique, longer-form quality content, will help inform, educate and introduce artists and artworks from the collection to the public in more engaging and modernised ways.

The new Online Shop has now been fully integrated into the site, streamlining the process in which the public can have their favourite art from Scotland’s national collection adorn their walls. Over 25,000 high-quality prints of newly digitised works can now be easily ordered in a variety of styles and sizes, and delivered in only a matter of days, as can other numerous products.

A Support section offers information on how the public can be more involved with the galleries, be it learning about the various Friends memberships packages or helping secure artworks for the nation, as seen recently with the successful acquisition of Edward Landseer’s painting The Monarch of the Glen (1851), while a neat and simple Visit section has been created to help inform those unfamiliar with the location of the galleries and the respective facilities of each one.

John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce the completion of the new site, which serves as a fantastic window to explore our world-class collection and which opens it up as a resource for everybody to use, from leisurely enjoyment of the arts all the way through to academic research. The new features allow for a more accessible, engaging and exciting experience, and having the whole of the national art collection digitally available helps us to fulfil our firm commitment of delivering exemplary and engaging digital services to the public”.

The Galleries welcome all feedback about the new website from the public, and encourage anyone to report to us any data issues resulting from the switchover, which will be reviewed and addressed as quickly as possible.
Feedback can be submitted here: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/content/contact-us

The site has been designed and built in conjunction with Signal, a full service digital agency based in Leith, Edinburgh.

Top Image: Pictured: Olive Trees (1889) by Vincent van Gogh. Collection: Scottish National Gallery, purchased 1934.

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