Visual Arts Data Serverice (VADS) | Free Art & Design Images for Education


The VADS image collection provides over 100,000 art and design images free for use in education, drawn from university and college art collections, museums and archives across the UK.  

VADS has provided services to the academic community for 12 years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections…that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.

                Selection of Collections from VADS Image Catalogue

Pantheon Series, Bharti Parmar, 1992 
African and Asian Visual Artists Archive
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Figure of a walking hippopotamus, 1880 BCE, Egyptian
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Colour exercise, Wilson. E., 1964
Basic Design Collection: Bretton Hall
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Wallpaper sample, Morris & Co, Jeffrey & Co, 1876
Central Saint Martins:
Museum & Study Collection

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Milan, Sant'Ambrogio, study by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1891
Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 
Northern Italian Sketchbook

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Skirt suit, Autumn 1961, from Ground Floor Collection, Victor Stiebel Archive
London College of Fashion:
Victor Stiebel Archive

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First Study in Oils from Life (at Julian's Atelier), Alfred James Munnings, 1902
National Fine Art Collection ( 
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'De vier Heemskinderen' by Felix Timmermans, 1922
Netherlands Decorated Books Collection: London College of Communication 
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Detail from Nicholas Edward Gabé (1814-65), 'The Barricade at Port St. Dennis 1848', 1849, Bowes Museum
NICE Paintings: The National Inventory 
of Continental European Paintings
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All Hands by Brian Fell, 2001
Public Monuments and Sculpture Association
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Bertha alias Bernie, by David Hockney, 1961
Royal College of Art Collection 
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Sketch for Calamansac Wood by Tom Cross, 1987
Tom Cross Archive:
University College Falmouth

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'Yesterdays', Artemio Alisio, 1994
University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art 
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Visual Arts Data Serverice (VADS) | Free Art & Design Images for Education