It goes without saying that almost everything this year has been cancelled. From gigs and concerts to holidays and exhibitions, 2020 has brought the entire world to a standstill, putting almost every industry at risk. Across the globe, people are seeking out ways to keep themselves amused, and to fill the now-plentiful free time that they find on their hands. Thankfully, there is one thing that has not been cancelled, this year: our creativity, and art, during Covid.
When times are tough, humankind has proven that there is still joy to be found in art, music, theatre, and literature – to name just a few of the mediums which have collectively saved our sanity throughout the course of this year. From the comfort of their own homes, people have tapped into long-hidden talents, dusted off their proverbial paintbrushes, and created. During a time when resources are limited, the world has turned to its imagination, overcoming seemingly-impassable obstacles with a just a little innovation. The perfect example of this? The virtual exhibitions hosted by London’s renowned Saatchi Gallery, which allowed cooped-up art lovers to get their fix through their computer screens.
In fact, during the international lockdown, which began around March of this year, many of London’s art galleries and museums took to the internet to allow visitors to enjoy their pieces and exhibitions from their desks or sofas. Although, of course, this could never equate to a real-life visit to one of these celebrated exhibitions, it served as a pretty fantastic alternative, and reminded people that there is still enjoyment to be taken from art, despite feeling as if the only photo gallery you’ll be visiting anytime soon will be the one on your phone.
If you’re a loyal gallery visitor who’s feeling nostalgic for simpler times, then check out this list of the UK’s best virtual exhibitions to visit this winter, and remember that art and creativity can never truly be cancelled.
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