By: Daisy Cole
Even though the venue is closed in line with the Government’s coronavirus guidelines, creative arts are essential to people’s health and wellbeing, according to Marketing Officer Laura Page,
“What would lock-down be like without art, books, films and music to keep us going?
“I’ve been amazed by the huge creative response from people online from large organisations like the National Theatre broadcasting their plays online to families making their own productions.
“You can see the way that people are using art and crafts to pass the time while they are stuck at home. All around my street children are making drawings and displaying them in their windows. It’s really uplifting.”
Wolverhampton Gallery’s online resources begin with a virtual tour of the venue while encouraging visitors to find their favourite locations and share them using the hashtag #wolverhamptonartcollection.
Free art books about artists and their collections and exhibitions are also available to share, alongside podcast and YouTube discussions aimed at inspiring artistic creativity.
The team at the Gallery is also keeping busy planning for the future once lockdown is over.
Laura added: “We know that it will be a challenging year ahead as we have lost many of our income streams from our café, shop and ticketed events so we are working hard to identify the financial impact and to plan accordingly.
“On a positive note, the team are finding some really innovative ways to stay engaged with our audiences. We are also continuing to plan our future programme so that we are ready to welcome visitors back with a great range of exhibitions and events once we re-open.”