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Richmond Arts Council moves exhibition online

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 2:50 PDT, Wed September 16, 2020

The Richmond Arts Council’s annual exhibition looks a little different this year.

While an in-person showing wasn’t possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the council began preparing in April for the possibility of offering its Midsummer Art’s Dream show virtually.

“While we didn’t want to give up on a physical show, we (also) didn’t want to get to September and be forced to cancel,” says council president Susan Ness. “So we decided to plan for two versions of the same exhibition, one physical and one virtual.”

Another challenge was the lack of display space. Normally presented in the atrium at Lansdowne Shopping Centre, this space was already in use providing extra food court seating to allow for physical distancing. But Lansdowne offered the arts council a store space to set up an information desk and allow volunteer artists to create live.

There’s also a virtual exhibit, available online, that mimics the setup and experience of wandering around a gallery. 

“As soon as we decided to create a virtual exhibition, our board member and visual arts educator Jessica Trestain started to look for suitable ways of creating the look and feel of a physical art show,” says Ness. “Without Jessica's expertise, I don't think we could have pulled this off.”

Anyone interested can view the virtual exhibition online and vote for their favourite piece in the people’s choice award. To view the exhibit online, visit richmondartscouncil.com.

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