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Sculpture collection newly released to iMuseum

Posted on 21.07.2020

Twenty sculptures from the Isle of Man’s National Art Collection have been photographed and recorded as part of a major project to photograph sculptures across the UK and British Islands. The sculptures are now available to view on iMuseum. Search #imuseumsculpture on the homepage or click here.

Bronze head ‘Phoebe’, early 20th century, ref.1954-6125

The new release is part of the Art UK sculpture project which has seen around 170,000 sculptures from inside public collections and outdoors in the nation’s streets and squares being shown on the website.

Hannah Murphy, Assistant Curator for Manx National Heritage says:

“Manx National Heritage is a founder partner of the Art UK project, which provides the online home for art from every public collection in the United Kingdom.  The Art UK website currently features over 200,000 artworks, including art from museums, universities, town halls, hospitals and even a lighthouse. Much of it isn’t usually on display”.

Tortoise Sculpture by Bryan Kneale RA, ref 1992-0186

The UK’s national sculpture collection is drawn from all over the world – a truly global collection and arguably the greatest in existence. However, a significant proportion is not on display and little of it is photographed. Many public monuments are not fully recorded and are at risk.

Hannah continued:

“Manx National Heritage holds around eighty sculptures in the Isle of Man’s National Art Collection. Twenty of the island’s sculptures were recorded as part of the project, which aims to record around twenty percent of collections”. 

Heart Ball by Maurice Day c.1970 ref 1999-0099

The newly photographed sculptures join the digitised oil paintings and watercolours on Manx National Heritage’s Art UK page and also on

The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Scottish Government and a range of large and small grant-giving trusts, and over 70 individual and corporate donors.

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