We could all use a distraction in these uncertain times and thanks to modern technology, you don’t even have to give up your arts and culture fix while stuck at home. There are loads of art galleries and museums with online collections – and we’ve picked out a few of the best so you can enjoy some amazing exhibitions from the comfort of your own front room.

Manchester Open Exhibition | HOME

Having closed its doors due to the current situation, HOME are giving the Manchester Open Exhibition a platform on their website, allowing audiences to continue to explore the works on offer from their own home. You can see images of the art and of the opening night, watch short films going Behind the Art and read interviews with the artists.

Faces of Frida | Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture bring a close look at the many faces of artist Frida Kahlo, in collaboration with a number of collections including Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington. With Frida’s own art – and the art of others who knew her – available to view, alongside several editorial features on her life, this is a great chance to take a deep dive into the life and works of the renowned Mexican artist.

Talking Sense | The Portico Gallery

In Talking Sense, fifty artists have created fifty works of art paired with fifty phrases from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, first published in 1952, to open up a space for new conversations about mental and emotional experience in the 21st century. You can explore many of these works, as well as writings on the subject, at the Portico’s website.

Online Collection | The People's History Museum

The digitised collection at The People’s History Museum is comprehensive and easily searchable. You can search for individual objects as well as collections using the search function and see images of historical objects accompanied by explanatory text. Their collection is particularly focused on working people in Britain over the past 200 years – this is an amazing way to find out some local and national history that forms the very basis of our current society.

Digital exhibitions | PAPER gallery

PAPER, an accessible artist-led gallery in Manchester city centre, has a huge archive of past exhibitions on their website. With photographs and digitised versions of works that span multiple mediums, all accompanied by information on the exhibition and the artist, you can easily lose yourself for an afternoon browsing the very finest contemporary art.

MMInQuarantine | Manchester Museum

By visiting MMInQuarantine.com you’ll be able to explore current exhibitions like the insect-focused Beauty and the Beast and pottery-led A Ming Emperor’s Seat, aspects of untold histories that aren’t taught in schools and the museum’s extensive collection of wondrours objects, including over 4.5 million curiosities. Their new digital hub also boasts resources for home educators and families. To start exploring, simply visit the site.

Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Thu 25 Jun 2020