VADS (organisation)

VADS (formerly an initialism for Visual Arts Data Service[1][2]) is a service of the Library at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in the UK that provides digital images and other visual arts resources free and copyright cleared for use in UK higher education and further education.

It has provided services to the academic community since 3 March 1997,[3] and has built up a portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 140,000 images.[4]


  1. ^ "More higher education news : Education Higher Links Front : Arts". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Design Council Slide Collection". Manchester School of Art. Retrieved 31 May 2014. As a result of these projects, over 13,000 images have been made available online via the website of the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).
  3. ^ "VADS annual report 1997–1998". Arts and Humanities Data Service. Retrieved 31 May 2014. The Visual Arts Data Service was officially launched on 3rd March 1997 when the full-time VADS officer began in post.
  4. ^ "About". VADS. Retrieved 5 May 2020.

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