Easter is here, and it’s hard to think of anything really special to do when the country has already been on lockdown for over two weeks (let’s face it: it feels like it’s been much longer). We can’t have family over for dinner or hunt for eggs in any public spaces, but there are still some fun weekend activities we can enjoy. If you’re feeling a little low on creative enrichment, have you considered going to an art gallery?
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, it’s now possible to have the experience of visiting an art gallery from the comfort of your own home. The Net Gallery allows you to reconnect with the art world without breaking quarantine. We have a great range of exhibitions and spaces to choose from, each of which you can access on our website as a virtual walkthrough.
Our latest scan is of Emmanuelle Moureaux’s Slices of Time exhibition, currently taking place in London’s NOW Gallery. From Paris to Tokyo, Moureaux has seduced audiences with her colourful installations which allow viewers to appreciate the essence of every carefully-considered colour. This is her first large-scale installation in the UK, and is inspired by NOW Gallery’s location on the Greenwich Peninsula. You can explore this exhibition through our homepage or the NOW Gallery website.
If you fancy another remote trip to the capital city, you could try checking out our scan of Gazelli Art House in Mayfair, which is currently hosting work by two of Azerbaijan’s most significant contemporary artists in The New Verge – the first ever joint exhibition of Ashraf Murad and Farhad Khalilov. We also have a great scan of There, where we promenade, the most recent exhibition at Freelands Foundation in north London.
The Net Gallery works with some of London’s leading arts organisations and foundations to show off the great work they do to invigorate and grow the national art scene, and to allow the public easier access to the exciting exhibitions running in London and beyond. We work to enhance engagement, increase accessibility and bring more exposure to the art world by creating 3D scans and virtual walkthroughs that allow art lovers to immerse themselves in art projects and exhibitions from the comfort and safety of their own homes. We’ve also proudly supported the charities Missing People and MAG, and public art enterprise Art Below.
We’re excited to see that, with the lockdown in full force, a number of galleries and museums have been experimenting with new forms of digital content to keep the public engaging with their art. A number of commercial galleries have introduced Online Viewing Rooms to make sure their patrons still get to see the art they have on show. Last month, The Guardian released an article about these virtual gallery tours, and they’re well worth checking out.
With so many of us stuck in the house with limited access to artistic inspiration, it’s never been a better time to learn about the resources that are available to anyone with an Internet connection. The Net Gallery takes great pride in bringing virtual gallery tours to the next level and allowing visitors to explore exhibitions from a range of different institutions, all in one place.
Article text by Toby Buckley
Toby Buckley is a freelance writer and editor based in Glasgow, Scotland. His work has been published in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly and Channel Magazine.