Beating ‘Isolation Art Deprivation’.

During this difficult lockdown period many brilliant on-line art initiatives have sprung up. It’s a source of joy and pleasure that so many artists are sharing their work and ideas to lift our spirits.

If, like us, you’ve been missing regular visits to exhibitions there are lots of galleries and museums rising to ‘the isolation challenge’ and taking their work and exhibitions on-line. But of course with so much wonderful work out there it’s even more difficult to choose what to look at.

Here are five of our favourite on-line art gallery and museum exhibitions and ideas – so far!


David Hockney

Released exclusively by the BBC, David Hockney has shared nine of his paintings and an animation. None of the paintings have been seen before and he has shared them to provide a little respite from the difficulties so many of us are experiencing during the COVID-19 crisis.

You can read the full article and see the paintings here – David Hockney shares exclusive art from Normandy. 

Robot Tours at Hastings Contemporary

Hastings Contemporary Art Gallery have begun video tours through the gallery using a video conferencing robot. This pioneering technology allows you to experience the gallery in real-time and promised to be a novel experience!

Discover more about the gallery  and email the gallery on [email protected]. to join a tour.

Things Izzy Loves

If you’re an Instagram fan we recommend following the feed of ‘Things Izzy Loves’ a wonderful collection of images and stories of art curated by Izzy Lauder-Frost. Izzy is an art historian and consultant with a passion for sharing art in a friendly and fun way. A brilliant way to revisit old favourites and discover new artists.

The Getty Museum Challenge

If you enjoy a bit of dressing up try the Getty Museum challenge on Twitter. The challenge is to recreate a work of Art using household items. Lots of people have already got very creative with all sorts of interesting erm ‘props’. But, if you need a bit of inspiration read this article by John Crace from his column in the Guardian of how he and his wife re-created a Piero della Francesca.

Artist Activity Pack by Firstsite Gallery

And lastly, the beautiful Firstsight gallery in Colchester (known locally as The Golden Banana) have come up with a downloadable activity pack. The pack is mainly aimed at children and young people, but is designed to be used as shared activities. It includes lots of ideas from well known artists, including a ‘nationwide wave’ from Mark Wallinger, and other contributions including Gillian Wearing, Idris Khan, and Antony Gormley to name but a few.

Download the pack on the Firstsite website here.