Art Online

On this page, we will try to keep you informed about ways that you can continue to enjoy and learn about art during lockdown by going online. Click on the highlighted link in each item to open a new window and go to the website concerned.

At The Arts Society Connected you can watch ‘Lectures at Home’, given by accredited Arts Society lecturers. A new one is posted every fortnight. There is also a gallery, a forum, a blog and a link to sign up for a newsletter.

The websites of these major international galleries and museums offer tours of their collections, including images, videos and guided tours:

The National Gallery, featuring highlights from their collection and virtual tours in which curators talk you through selected masterpieces.

The Royal Academy, including video tours of exhibition ‘Picasso and Paper’.

Tate Galleries, with a narrated video ‘Walk through British Art’, and images from the collections.

At the Frick Museum, New York you can watch videos in the ‘Cocktails with a Curator’ series, each featuring a talk on a well-known painting from the museum’s collection, including Holbein, Turner, Whistler and many others.

The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, featuring videos narrated by curators in ‘Rijksmuseum from Home’, and works from the Gallery of Honour in a digital tour ‘Masterpieces up Close’.

The British Museum, with two million images of artworks and objects from their collections.

Galleries offering narrated videos of current exhibitions:

The Guardian website is hosting a series of art quizzes set by galleries all around the UK, with questions based on their collections. More than 20 are already available, including one set by Derby Museums.

Some BBC programmes currently available on iPlayer:

  • Museums in Quarantine
  • The High Art of the Low Countries
  • Looking for Rembrandt
  • Life Drawing Live (drawing class for viewers to join)

On Channel 5 (Saturdays 8.15 pm or catch up on My5):

  • Great Paintings of the World with Andrew Marr

(Information last updated June 29th)