While we can’t visit a gallery or see a performance in person at the moment we can still celebrate the inaugural UNESCO World Art Day, through online activities and exhibitions.

15 April 2020

Australian galleries big and small are making their collections available to the public online and hosting activities to engage adults and children including the National Gallery of Australia, which has online galleries for their Matisse and Picasso and Hugh Ramsay exhibitions.

The Gallery has also launched a program to help parents teach art to children under 5, using everyday household materials and fortnightly online drawing and colouring activities for children aged from five through to teenagers.

The doors of the National Portrait Gallery might be closed, but their collections and the stories that accompany many paintings and sculptures are available to explore from home.

The National Photographic Portrait Prize and Darling Portrait Prize collections are also online and you can actually vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Awards.

They also have online activities including a free masterclass in the art of portraits from 28 April called ‘The Amazing Face: a 14-day Dive into Portraiture’.

The aim of World Art Day is to reinforce the links between artistic creativity and community, encourage awareness of the diversity of artistic expressions and highlight the contribution of artists.

At a time when the cultural and creative sector has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, it is important to acknowledge the contribution of creative individuals and organisations who are now developing innovative ways to stay connected with their audiences.

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