Credit: Art Gallery of NSW, European Gallery. Source: Google 3D View.
With public venues around the globe closed and everyone feeling uncertain about health-safety in crowds, many exhibitions have gone unseen and galleries left pondering how to navigate this unprecedented phenomenon. Enter the virtual gallery - a 3D virtual experience where you can wander rooms, spend as long as you like musing over a painting and never need to feel rushed, crowded or overwhelmed. For all these reasons, the concept has taken hold around the world and viewers and galleries alike are excited about this new way to experience art for all. We have put together our top five virtual galleries from around Australia that you can see right now, for free from wherever you are, each of which giving you that feeling of having the gallery all to yourself.
1. NGV - Virtual Tours
The National Gallery of Victoria invites you to experience their exhibitions from home with their interactive virtual self-guided tours. They have 11 exhibitions to view that have been photographed and 3D modelled to easily navigate and explore. The above image is from the Petrina Hicks’S exhibition, Bleached Gothic. This has been a crowd favourite, and we feel it’s one not to be missed.
Over her fifteen-year career, Hicks (1972– ) has gained a strong reputation for her large-scale, hyperreal photographs that subvert and disrupt the photographic language of advertising and portraiture. Hicks photographs children, animals and young women against simple backgrounds, returning to the same models and motifs frequently to define and hone her distinctive style.
2. NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY - Painting Memory & Everything Changes 3D Tours
The 3D showcase on offer at the NAG provides a high-definition walk-through of the entire gallery building, the forecourt and the outdoor sculpture garden. You can move through either the ground floor or first floor gallery, stopping to view any of the works on display, and hover over interpretive information next to the works of art to learn more. Works of art in the virtual display include works by artists such as William Dobell, Margaret Olley, John Olsen and Brett Whiteley in the exhibition Painting Memory, while Tim Maguire’s exhibition, Everything Changes (pictured), is one of the most significant solo artist exhibitions coordinated by the NAG to date.
3. AGNSW - Google Arts and Culture 3D Tour
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Australia's leading art museums with significant collections of Australian, European and Asian art showcased in their galleries available for viewing through their Google 3D view. Their collections include paintings by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne and John Constable as well as notable Australian artists Arthur Boyd, Brett Whiteley, John Glover, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin. Not to be missed is the Sentient Lands (pictured) exhibition on Lower Level 3, part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gallery.
4. ART GALLERY OF WA - Pulse Perspectives Exhibition
WA's talented young artists are celebrated in this yearly showcase, gauging the pulse of young people who will influence, empower and shape the world we live in. The selected works provide a window into young people’s private, social and artistic concerns. It is in turns an inspiring, rewarding and insightful look at the world through the minds of our most talented young artists. The chosen works span a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles. Human impact on the environment, consumerism, identity and family are prominent themes and issues explored in this year's Pulse Perspectives exhibition. We enjoyed this beautifully curated and photographed exhibition, as well as the quality of the virtual experience.
5. ADDICTED ART GALLERY - Vim Vitae: The Journey Within
Our very own Lara Scolari has her work available for viewing in her exhibition, Vim Vitae: The Journey Within. Lara captures the life force that bubbles and bursts invisibly all around us, and burns just as brightly in our body and minds even as we sit still. Celebrating our creative energy Lara’s paintings are a reminder that renewal is a constant available to all of us. Each of her eye-catching paintings feature a beautiful translucent veiled colour palette that reflects the natural landscape. We enjoy zooming around in this mock-gallery space - make sure to use your keyboard arrows for this one. Lara’s work is available for purchase upon enquiry. Enjoy!