Art Detective was launched in June 2014 to help UK collections uncover mysteries in their works of art. Art Detective aims to improve knowledge of the UK’s public art collection. It is an award-winning, free-to-use online network that connects public art collections with members of the public and providers of specialist knowledge.
Through BBC Your Paintings, any member of the public can start a discussion that involves a work of art - challenging attributions, subjects, places or events depicted or more. The website promotes active and lively discussions among people that are expert in their field - although not necessarily traditionally trained art historian. Everyone can contribute knowlegde and help uncover important facts.
This is a different form of crowdsourcing - one which aims at scientific and founded precision in the field of art history. Within less that nine months, over 40 discoveries have been made, changing painting attributions, naming sitters and more. The website was overall winner of Best of the Web at Museums and the Web 2015 and recipient of a Silver MUSE award at AAM 2015. This presentation will explain the concepts behind Art Detective, how it works and how it could potentually be adapted and reproduced in different contexts to help museums professionals in their curatorial efforts. http://www.thepcf.org.uk/artdetective