Prohibited Subjects

Part of the review process involves us making decisions about issues other than quality of work and/or presentation of your images.

Works listed on this site become visible to millions across the World. We will not accept images portraying certain elements.

Prohibited Subjects

  • Sexual violence & the representation of sexual behaviour that is intended to cause sexual excitement
  • Domestic violence
  • Racism
  • Religious intolerance
  • Pornography

Artworks uploaded for approval that are found to fall into the above categories will most likely be immediately rejected and in the vast majority of cases, the uploading artist account will be banned permanently.

Subjects Which Require Approval


We at ArtGallery appreciate that violent content can be a legitimate part of historical, educational, sporting or artistic expression, it should never be used to promote or glorify violent acts against others.

We do not allow items or listings that promote, support or glorify acts of violence or harm towards self or others, including credible threats of harm.

The following items are not allowed on ArtGallery:

  • Items that glorify human suffering or tragedies, including items that commemorate or honour serial killers
  • Items that attempt to exploit natural disasters or human tragedies
  • Items that encourage, glorify, or celebrate acts of violence against individuals or groups
  • Items that encourage self-mutilation, starvation or other self-harm

Examples of what is allowed without restriction:

Example: Sporting context

Example: Historical context


As an Art Gallery, we understand that the distinction between pornography (illicit and condemned material) and erotica (which is broadly tolerated) is largely subjective and reflects changing community standards. Therefore, when judging artworks such as this, we will always try to take this into account.

Examples of what is allowed without restriction:


 Example: Non-pornographic fine art painting

The Approval Process

Images perceived to fall into one of the above categories will be assessed by a panel of staff. Following this assessment, artists will experience one of the following outcomes:

  • Rejection – The artwork is found to fall into one of the above categories and will be rejected. The artist will be contacted by the site administrator, who will explain the justification for the rejection.
  • Acceptance – If the artwork is found to be acceptable, it will be accepted as normal. Artists will receive the usual ‘artwork approval’ email from the administrator.

If you are uncertain about a particular image, we strongly suggest that you submit it for scrutiny before you upload it by emailing it to with the words “Images for Consideration” as the subject of the email.

We remain keen to promote a full variety images which some might find be relaxing, others challenging and yet others, thought provoking.