How to pick an artwork

Not sure how to pick a work of art? Here are some ideas:


Head over to the artworks page on the Art UK website. There you can use the filter on the search bar to look at artworks in museums and galleries near to where you live. You could go and visit a local gallery and find inspiration.

You can also filter Art UK artworks by topic or keyword. Pick a topic that is of interest to you or search by keywords – try something like 'queen', 'sport', 'moustache', 'aeroplane' or 'ghost'. Flick through thousands of paintings and see what catches your eye – the site is full of surprises.

Left: Selling the 'Daily Worker' outside Projectile Engineering Works by Clive Branson (1907-1944). Photo credit: Tate, CC BY-NC-ND.

Centre: Nocturnal Landscape by Paul Nash (1889–1946). Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery, CC BY-NC-ND.

Right: Saw Ohn Nyun IV  by Gerald Festus Kelly (1879–1972). © Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service. Photo credit: Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service, CC BY-NC.

Pick a style of art! Try searching for Abstract art, or Impressionism or Pop Art using the Style filter.

Check out the Stories section on Art UK, where different artists, artworks and themes are explored. Your essay might be on there one day too!


Still not sure? Try the Artwork shuffle on the Art UK website and see six works selected at random!

Take a look at this year's winning essays:

Years 12 and 13

First place: Viola Turrell from James Allen's Girls' School on Blotter by Peter Doig
Second place: Grace Page from Ysgol Bro Pedr Comprehensive on Greenham, Peace Vigil by Claudia Williams

Years 10 and 11

First place: Jack Harrison from Giggleswick School on La Mitrailleuse by C. R. W. Nevinson
Second place: Maryam Khan from the Queens School Chester on Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian

Good luck! 

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