Visual Arts Data Service - VADS

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The Visual Arts Data Service, commonly known as VADS, is a research centre based at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham. VADS was one of five Subject Centres of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), which was funded until March 2008 by the Arts and Humanities Research Committee (AHRC) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Since April 2008 VADS has been completely dependent on project funding and relaunched itself as VADS with a fresh new website.

VADS is the online resource for visual arts, and its national repository contains over 100,000 images free for educational use. The online collections can be searched individually or cross-searched, and there are a range of tools freely available including a lightbox with editable text, and user tagging.

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Please note we do not have a physical space; this is an online collection only.

VADS online collections cover all subject areas of the visual arts, from textiles to architecture, including their practice, study and curation. Collections available include: the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive; Basic Design Collection: Bretton Hall; Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design: Museum and Study Collection; Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles: Material and Slide Collections; the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland; Crafts Study Centre: University for the Creative Arts; Design Council Archive: University of Brighton; Design magazine: 1965-1974, London College of Communication; Imperial War Museum, John Johnson Collection: Political Prints; London College of Fashion; National Fine Art Collection (; and the Russian Visual Arts: Sheffield University.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Photography, Performing Arts, Literature, Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Architecture

Visual Arts Data Service - VADS
Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)
University for the Creative Arts
Farnham Campus
Falkner Road




01252 89 2723

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