Experience Art in the Midlands at Home (Part 2)

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This two-part blog will highlight how you can experience all thirteen of the MAP partner institutions in the safety and comfort of your own home. You can read the first part here.

New Art Gallery, Walsall 

New Art Gallery are releasing weekly Wednesday Workshops that are perfect for keeping the kids entertained while staying at home (and adults if you fancy some crafting)! Over 15 have been released so far, and cover different crafts such as painting, recycled sculpture, and origami. They’ve also been regularly sharing talks and tours of their past exhibitions on their social media.

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Photo of different craft materials
Cover image for New Art Gallery Walsall Children’s Online Workshops, image courtesy of New Art Gallery Walsall

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester

Want to visit New Walk’s famous German Expressionist collection? You can view the whole collection online, and access academic reports and essays, films, and learning resources all on their dedicated German Expressionist website! Leicester museums have also uploaded video tours of the New Walk’s exhibitions, and been sharing #ObjectOfTheDay posts and other learning resources on their social media. 

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A Max Ernst lithograph depicting three masks on stands.
Max Ernst, Masks (1950). Image courtesy of Leicester Museums, © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2013

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

The Potteries Museum has been updating their blog regularly – including a recent post highlighting ‘How to Explore the Museum at Home’ (go check it out!). They’ve partnered with Google Maps to create a virtual tour of the building. You can also access a load of Family Home Learning resources for free on their website.

Ozzy the Owl in the ceramics gallery
Ozzy the Owl in the ceramics gallery at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, image courtesy of PMAG

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Research and Cultural Collections, University of Birmingham

Research and Cultural Collections have been regularly posting on their blog, exploring different works that feature in their collections. You can also explore their collection online – there are over 1,000 objects to look through! 

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An abstract acrylic on canvas painting. Two shapes that appear like leaflets are placed on top of a cross hatched background
John Walker, Anguish (1966). Image courtesy of Research and Cultural Collections

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

The RBSA have been uploading virtual tours and exhibitions on their blog. ‘Remote Access – A Virtual Exhibition’ featuring works by their members and associates is available till 15th June, and their ‘Friends Online Exhibition’ will be opening on the 16th! They have also been posting online art tutorials and workshops, for example, Olivia Swinscoe NWA has shared ‘5 Tips on How to Photograph your Artwork’ which is a must-read for any artist hoping to build an online presence!  

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Three flowers are at the foreground of the work. To the left a few footsteps lead to an open door with more flowers outside.
Linda Nevill, This Way. Image courtesy of the RBSA

Wolverhampton Art Gallery 

Wolverhampton Art Gallery teamed up with Google Maps to create a virtual tour of the building. You can click through and walk around all of the exhibitions and galleries! They’re using their collections to curate exhibitions, so far they’ve opened ‘To The Sea’, featuring works by painter William Harold Dudley. ‘Still Lively’ is a weekly series of art sessions led by artist Sam Hale, aimed at over-55s. They also have a whole load of family-friendly resources available on their website. 

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A oil on canvas painting of a bay.
William Harold Dudley, Lantivet Bay (c.1920-1939). Image courtesy of Wolverhampton Arts and Culture

 

Cover image: Travelling Companions from ‘Covid-19: We Shall Overcome’. Credit to Lisa Karra and Anthony Hansle. lisakarra.myportfolio.comInstagram / Twitter

Author: Jen Wilbur

A final year undergrad student studying History of Art at the University of Birmingham. She is the Undergraduate Research Scholar 2019-2020 for Midlands Art Papers.

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