Welcome to our round-up of some of our favourite virtual art projects, many born in the time of Covid-19 lockdowns. While "inspired" is an overused word, I truly do feel inspired by all the artists and creatives I work with, or have discovered through Instagram or the internet. I hope you do too, and please send any of your own suggestions to me, Kitty, via firstname.lastname@example.org 💖
Helen Frankenthaler in her New York studio, 1964
1. The Social Distancing FestivalWe discovered the Social Distancing Festival quite by chance and welcomed the opportunity to immerse ourselves in such a well-curated and thoughtful website. We particularly love Long Distance Art, where artists from different countries collaborate remotely on a new artwork.
2. Recording Artists
Recording Artists is a favourite podcast series of ours, unsurprising given the first season is all about Radical Women! The podcast is based on interviews from the 60s and 70s with such pioneering artists as Alice Neel, Yoko Ono, Betye Saar and of course, Helen Frankenthaler. One to savour.
3. You Who Look
We first fell in love with James Turrell when we experienced his Deer Shelter Skyspace at Yorkshire Sculpture Park; and this beautifully filmed video is a must for both existing fans and those new to his work. It's less than ten minutes long, and so rewarding.
4. Art is Where The Home Is
FirstSite, a gallery and arts venue in the UK, is dedicated to making art accessible for all. Pre-lockdown, they had loads of brilliant free events and exhibitions. During the pandemic? They're still making art accessible for all, by creating artist activity packs for people to make art at home. Drawing on the creative imaginations of amazing artists such as Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing and Cornelia Parker, they even promise you'll be able to use whatever you have to hand; no need for an emergency delivery of art supplies!
From the Savane Rutongo-Kabuye workshop, Rwanda
5. Savane Rutongo-Kabuye Workshop
We're really enjoying actually having time to read all the fascinating articles we come across (and catch up on piles of old magazines too!). This beautifully-illustrated article about a Rwandan textile art collective is something we're so glad we spotted; it's the story of 22 years of sisterhood, friendship and creativity.
6. Collage Workshop with The National Gallery
Despite working with artists every day, I am not much of an artist! But this collage class - which I did with my kids - is absolutely brilliant at helping the more creatively challenged among us make something that actually looks quite attractive 😉 A big thank you to Margaux, one of our friends and clients in London, for the suggestion.
7. Stay Home Gallery and Residency
Stay Home Gallery was one of our favourite lockdown art projects, an online weekly curation of women artists creating work during self-isolation, posted on Instagram. Post-lockdown, co-founders Kaylan Buteyn and Pam Marlene Taylor evolved the concept into a contemporary art gallery and residency space (in Kaylan's former home in Tennessee!).We are so full of admiration for these women who manage to continually create opportunities for other artists, despite their own art practices and busy personal lives 🙌
8. Got Your Back
For our last suggestion, a bit of fun. Artist created virtual backgrounds, from Amsterdam-based Got Your Back, to make your Zoom Call that little bit more interesting. Enjoy browsing!
Visual at the top of the page created by Ayşegül Altınel @sallyatejack
Visual at the bottom created by Kaeli Justus @okaykaeli
Thank you Creators!