City art among Yorkshire’s favourites

Hikers at Goodwood Downs by George Henry
Hikers at Goodwood Downs by George Henry

SOME summery Sheffield works of art have been added to Yorkshire’s Favourite Paintings, one of the first regional initiatives to upload art online, and visitors to the website can play a new interactive game to help them choose their favourite painting.

The website,, which uses new technology allowing visitors to zoom in and view more than 100 of the region’s collection of oil paintings up close, now includes a new selection of pictures all inspired by summertime and currently on show at galleries across the region.

They include five paintings on show at the Graves Gallery including Hikers at Goodwood Downs by George Henry, which depicts ramblers enjoying the West Sussex countryside. Visitors can take part in an online game in which they answer a series of multiple choice questions, allowing the application to recommend the perfect painting to suit their personality.

Thousands have visited the site since its launch in January and their comments have been giving an insight into the paintings which inspire or strike a chord with the public. Funded by the Yorkshire Regional Museums Hub, the project has been put together by a group of 30 museums including Museums Sheffield’s Graves Gallery.

Lisa Beauchamp, curator of visual art at the gallery, said: “The site has been really successful in showcasing the fantastic collection of oil paintings we have both in Sheffield and in the wider region.

“The new summer paintings are a brilliant addition to the site, which is something we hope we can keep adding to, to build a strong online catalogue of works in the region. The website is a great way for members of the public to find out about the many paintings we have here in Yorkshire and we hope will inspire more people to visit these venues this summer as nothing can quite match seeing these works of art in real life.”

It is estimated that there are some 200,000 oil and acrylic paintings in the UK, with more than 10,000 in Yorkshire, but at any one time some 80% of these are hidden from public view, either in storerooms or public buildings in official use.

Yorkshire’s Favourite Paintings’ allows many of these treasures to be displayed to the public once more.

Other participating galleries in the Sheffield region include the Kelham Island Museum, Clifton Park Museum, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Cooper Gallery, Cannon Hall Museum and Brodsworth Hall.