From digital exhibitions to live streams, here’s where to get your fix of London culture online 


By Zoë Delmer-Best

With museums, galleries and theatres closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, exhibitions and events have been cancelled or postponed. But London’s world-renowned cultural scene has quickly adapted to the digital realm – here are five ways to explore London culture online.

5 Places to Explore London Culture Online

Secrets of the Museum – BBC iPlayer

London Culture Online V&A Bags
Model with Lait de Coco Evening Bag, Karl Lagerfeld, 2014 (c) Jason Lloyd Evans

With the V&A exhibition ‘Bags: Inside Out’ postponed, why not catch up on the behind-the-scenes documentary about the V&A? Secrets of the Museum is a six-part series for BBC Two that shows the fascinating work of curators and conservators behind the brilliant exhibitions.

bbc.co.uk/iPlayer

Tudors to Windsors – National Maritime Museum

Anne Boleyn London culture online, digital exhibiton
Anne Boleyn by Unknown English artist late 16th century, based on a work of circa 1533- 1536 oil on panel © National Portrait Gallery, London

Visit the National Maritime Museum’s online platform and search collections, discover epic stories of sea, space and exploration, and get expert insight from the museum’s curators and specialists. Plus, get a digital peek into their major new exhibition, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits.

 rmg.co.uk

Technicolour Malaise – TRATE

Chaste Desire, TRATE
Chaste Desire, TRATE

Painting under an alias that refers to the ‘traits’ he explores on his canvases, Canadian artist TRATE will be exhibiting the launch of his second series, ‘Technicolour Malaise’ online from 9-12 April. Art lovers will be invited to tune in and navigate their way around the collection of bold, figurative oil-on-canvas paintings through 3D interactive images.

 aliastrate.com

Ballet – Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House Alice in Wonderland
Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

The Royal Opera House has launched a programme of online content featuring a schedule of free broadcasts and performances on their Facebook and YouTube channels that audiences can access anywhere across the globe. Viewers will be delighted by renditions of the most popular ballets and operas such as Peter and the Wolf and The Metamorphis.

roh.org.uk

Artemisia – National Gallery

Artemisia
Artemisia Gentileschi, ‘Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria’, about 1615–17, National Gallery

In this first major exhibition of Artemisia’s work in the UK, explore highlights of the exhibition online and view her best-known paintings, including two versions of her iconic and viscerally violent ‘Judith beheading Holofernes’ as well as her self portraits and heroines from history and the Bible.

nationalgallery.org.uk


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