We are creating a series of online Urban Ecological Arts online galleries to show the work of artists who have had shows canceled due to Covid-19.
During COVID-19, The Urban Ecological Arts Forum at The Nature of Cities is bringing to life online exhibition spaces, highlighting current exhibitions on urban ecological themes that were canceled or are “on view” but impossible to experience due to the closure of cultural facilities.
In the last few months, all of our lives have been changed by the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have lost our jobs, don’t have our health, and are isolated in quarantine from friends and family members. The effect of limited movement, social gathering and physical connections around the world due to the COVID-19 epidemic has greatly impacted the arts and culture communities disproportionately hard. Crowds of people that would ordinarily be cramming into theatre seats, art gallery's, and music shows are no longer attending and engaging with the arts. Yet, at a time like this, we need the arts and the work of artists and creatives more so now than ever. The late great American author Toni Morrison once famously said, “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, and no room for fear ... That is how civilizations heal.”
Our campaign is building a movement to support the arts and move us all to heal at a time when we most need it. Our Virtual Art Exhibitions bring artists and creatives from all around the world to you and our homes creating a unique art gallery experience, only virtually.
The virtual gallery program draws on our organization’s key values of collaboration, transdisciplinarity, place-making and radical imagination. It creates the opportunity for creative people, from different countries and cities, to work together, share their work and get inspired by each other.
Based on artistic “hubs” led by regional curators / art spaces in various parts of the world each presenting shows and events, the program will develop a global network in urban environmental arts. Not only will we support one another in these times, but we will also experiment artistic, just and sustainable ways of living in cities that can inspire our common future. As we share emotions, forms and modes of action, we will highlight ways to deeply respect and connect humans and nature in cities with each exhibition.
Each show will be featured on “Urban Ecological Arts” page of The Nature of Cities online platform. Designed in collaboration with each hub to support the vision and needs of the art being shown, the online gallery space will be able to display photos, videos, texts and live streams.