For visual artists working with traditional methods, like myself, Covid-19 meant a lack of opportunity to show work. With lockdown came the cancelling of exhibitions, talks and events. Being shut in at home meant the digital world was one of the only ways to connect with audiences or other creatives.
As galleries are tentatively opening, working digitally will remain a channel that allows artists’ work to be seen. Over the last two years, I have collaborated with digital artists to create online exhibitions of my paintings. This video made for Disability Arts Online, examines my journey over this time as I translated my creative practice into online formats.
'#80WashingLines' - Online Prototype Exhibition - I am currently looking for feedback on this mockup digital exhibition. If you would like to help me develop this work further, please visit the following Google form, from which you will find a link to view the digital exhibition and feedback form. You can learn more about the original ‘Around the World in 80 Washing Lines’ project here.
Supported by Arts Council England's 'Developing your Creative Practice' grant, I spent 2021 working with digital artists, to explore the potential of creating a virtual exhibition for my artwork. The process has resulted in two prototype online exhibitions, for which I am currently assessing feedback. You can view one of the prototypes for this here.
In Oct 2020, Free Space Project showed a virtual exhibition of 'Life on a Spectrum' as a part of their Creative Wellbeing Commission. A virtual gallery space was created in partnership with designer Liam Mason. This was the first time that I explored, or had even considered, online art.