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Online Gallery Streams Across the North

Online streams, exhibitions and events from your favourite Northern galleries.

If your productivity is waning during lockdown, you’re not alone. It’s difficult to stay inspired and creative when we lack the cultural inspiration that is so often all around us, on the street, in theatres and galleries. We’ve given you an idea of Theatre Streams Across the North – now it’s time to put the spotlight on some of our favourite online art streams and exhibitions for all audiences. 

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Whitworth Young Contemporaries: Creative Workshops
Whitworth Young Contemporaries is The Whitworth gallery’s creative programme by and for young people, now delivering a series of online workshops via Zoom. If you have a young person at home aged 16-24 (or are one yourself!) these free events encourage engagement with The Whitworth’s collections and exhibitions, to inspire creativity and discuss change. Join digital artists in residence for each evening workshop, including “You are your own brand” by emerging designer Polly on 3rd and 10th March, and “Making History” by artist Josie Tothill on 24th and 31st March.


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HOME x Manchester Camerata: Renew
For something a little different, HOME have collaborated with Manchester Camerata to bring you Renew, a concert specially filmed for us to enjoy at home. To relax, refresh and rejuvenate us for the year ahead, the concert features music by composers from Philip Glass to Tchaikovsky. The show is available to watch on-demand, with sliding scale ticket options depending on what you can afford – from free to £10. 


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Henry Moore Institute: Bumped Body
Celebrating the current exhibition Bumped Body, by sculptor Paloma Varga Weisz, the Henry Moore Institute have made a range of discussions and events available online, to help you engage with the exciting show from home. The venue’s Online Research Events are now available to watch online, to delve deeper into the dialogue of Weisz’s work, and curator Laurence Sillars guides us through a tour of the exhibition here, exploring Weisz’s fantastical work with woodcarving, ceramics and painting. There’s even something for the little ones, with a programme of creative home activities curated in response to the exhibition, from poetry to modelling, collage to drawing.


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Open Eye Gallery: Open Rooms
Liverpool’s contemporary photography gallery have launched Open Rooms, their online programme of projects and events available while the IRL doors are closed. With plenty to get involved in, you can take a look at upcoming events and current open calls here, with past events available to rewatch here. Engage in a thoughtful discussion on the colonial and racist roots of visual culture with Yasmin Gunaratnam, Ali Eisa and Daniel C. Blight, or listen to Colin Wilkinson’s experiences of independent publishing.


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BALTIC: Open Submission 
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art are making their gallery space totally immersive from home, with a virtual tour of their ground floor Open Submission show. An open call exhibition featuring over 150 artists at different stages of their career, the selection includes drawing and painting, print, sculpture and installation, and audio-visual work. The virtual tour, available online, provides an interactive 360 degree walkaround, allowing visitors to view every piece of work as if they were really there (without having to leave their sofa)!