Tour the Art-World of the World

I Published this at the beginning of the Pandemic in April 2020. It’s still available.

Tour the Art-World of the World in real time.

(A collection of sites available on-line for you to access from you Unit. Just click on the hyperlink to go to the site. But remember to check the bandwidth provided by your Internet Provider, some of these live streams chew up a lot of bandwidth.)


Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours of museum spaces, including the Guggenheim in New York, the British Museum in London and the Acropolis Museum in Athens, as well as views into their vast collections. Many other museums have their own tours and digitized galleries, including the Louvre, Vatican Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Music lovers can enjoy a variety of free live and taped concerts online. NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series, for example, has hundreds of archived performances.
Classical music fans can also tune in to performances from professionals such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Opera –
Opera fans can watch free recorded performances from famous venues on OperaVision. Individual companies, including the Teatro Reggio in Turin and Vienna State Opera, also have their own free streams. The Rossini Opera Festival is streaming previous productions free as well.

Biennale of Sydney
The Museum of Contemporary Art have brought their part of the Biennale online, with a selection of artworks and galleries now available as 360-degree virtual experiences.
Photo: The Biennale of Sydney’s exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art includes bark paintings by Noŋgirrŋa Marawili. (Supplied: Biennale of Sydney/Ken Leanfore)

NGV virtual
The National Gallery of Victoria has launched immersive virtual tours of its exhibitions: you can currently ‘walk’ through the their blockbuster (and normally ticketed) exhibitions Keith Haring | Jean Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines (and listen to the audio guide at the same time) and Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness.
Jonsi & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps
Don your best headphones, turn off the lights and tune in to the ambient sound, with this recording from Vivid Live 2019, in which Jonsi (Sigur Ros) and American musician and artist Alex Somers perform their collaborations All Animals and Riceboy Sleeps with choir and orchestra. Remember to open your eyes every now and then to watch the magic at work.
The Australian Ballet performs Cinderella
Master choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella, set to Prokofiev’s score and created specially for The Australian Ballet, is free to stream until May 1.
Photo: This production of Cinderella was made especially for The Australian Ballet by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. (Supplied: The Australian Ballet/Jeff Busby)

STC Virtual
Sydney Theatre Company have launched this new series, presenting bite-sized videos made by their artists and former collaborators during lockdown. The first drop of episodes includes Tim Minchin performing a monologue from Hamlet in his living room; Kate Mulvany reading from the opening chapter of Ruth Park’s Harp in the South; and Shari Sebbens performing a monologue from seminal Indigenous Australian play The Seven Stages of Grieving – it’s just 90 seconds long, and it’ll have you tearing up by the end.
Together in Art
The Art Gallery of NSW have now launched their Together in Art project, which brings online performances (like singer Sarah Belkner performing inside the now-closed Shadow catchers exhibition), artist interviews (right now there’s a video interview with Torres Strait Islander visual artist Gail Mabo) and art how-to-guides (including a face-drawing lesson from Ben Quilty, accompanied by his daughter.