Virtual world - Arts & Culture

Published on 04 April 2020

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Are you feeling a little cooped up and overwhelmed at the moment? We’re recommending an epic virtual distraction with a visit to some of the world’s best cultural institutions from the comfort of your own home.

It’s safe to say you could lose days exploring the offerings provided through the Google Arts & Culture website where international and Australian museums and galleries showcase a huge variety of virtual cultural and historical experiences giving you the opportunity to explore while staying safe. You can delve into the lives of well-known and under-represented artists, travel through time viewing some of the amazing worldwide collections with historical artefacts from 8000BCE to the present day and explore the art of protest, activism and inspiring people on the road to gender equality. If that wasn’t enough to impress, virtually walk through and browse collections from international institutions including the British Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, but there’s too many to list so we recommend full immersion by clicking here.

Institutions closer to home are also showcasing samples of their collections online including the
Australian Sports Museum, Australian Museum, as well as online exhibits such as the Athletes in the Archibald collection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Sport and war collection from Australian War Memorial.

The National Gallery of Victoria have a massive 75,000 pieces of their collection you can view online, as well as a channel providing virtual tours. Admittedly standing under the large-scale work from the KAWS: Companionship in the age of loneliness exhibition in the NGV foyer generates awe and wonder. Though, in place of this I recommend the virtual tour.

If you’re seeking something a bit more lively England’s National Theatre is providing productions you can view at home including a reimagining of Jane Eyre and Treasure Island. Broadway is offering a free 7-day trial to view critically acclaimed productions online, as well as the aptly named social distancing festival, which is a website enabling the artistic community an online voice by sharing live streams, visual art, dance, theatre and music, check it out here.