Art on show

As part of the Your Paintings celebration, the Tolbooth Art Centre in Kirkcudbright is showing several paintings in its current “From Our Own Collection” which are usually kept in store for want of more permanent display space.

The event is part of a nationwide series of activities to celebrate the completion of Your Paintings, a website for the entire UK national collection of oil paintings created by the BBC in partnership with the Public Catalogue Foundation. All 211,861 paintings are now available to view online at: bbc.co.uk/yourpaintings.

Held in more than 3000 galleries, museums and other civic buildings, these paintings span 600 years of art history. Due to limitations of exhibition space, 80% of these works are normally held in storage and not easily visible to the people who own them – the UK public.

Andrew Ellis, from the Public Catalogue Foundation, said: “No other country has ever embarked on such a project to make accessible online its entire collection of oil paintings. The result is an extraordinary rich and varied virtual gallery of paintings with styles and subject matters to suit all tastes and interests. Anyone can now contribute to the project by tagging paintings so that the paintings can be searched in future.”

To see and tag Your Paintings and find out more about our event and participating galleries, museums and public buildings in Dumfries and Galloway please visit: bbc.co.uk/yourpaintings.

The exhibition in the Tolbooth Art Centre runs until February 27. Opening times are 11am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday and admission is free.