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Art Galleries Sharing Exhibitions & Archives

We’ve loved seeing your artwork on social media throughout lockdown and we hope that our blogs have helped keep you inspired. So, to keep up the creativity, here’s a few more art gallery archives, exhibitions and workshops to delve into.



Somerset House

There’s no doubt that Somerset House is certainly a place to actually visit – its architecture is stunning. But, whilst it’s closed, the art curators have done a fine job in gathering together a programme of events for all to enjoy.

The content ‘reflects on our response to isolation and a renewed appreciation of our shared wellbeing, the themes of connection and commonality.’ Its online cultural programme explores films to newly commissioned art through live streaming. You’ll find a host of online events from the creative community.

Its peer exchange is aimed at people aged 18-30 and offers ‘information, innovation and inspiration’ for people ‘looking for access routes into the Creative Industries and Cultural Sector.’

Image by Robert Bye


National Portrait Gallery

Every year, the BP Portrait Award takes place. Whether this is a firm fixture in your calendar to visit or whether you’ve taken a shine to portrait painting yourself following our portrait lockdown challenge, you can take a look at the 2020 Portrait Award gallery online from the comfort of your home.

The different artistic techniques, medium and approach are an absolute must see. Why not try doing a self-portrait in the style of your favourite artist to really set yourself a challenge. It’s a great way to learn and find out what your unique style is.


Image by Christian Fregnan


The Design Museum

Check out the Digital Design Calendar from The Design Museum which ‘brings the world of design into your home.’ Defintely check out our friends RESOLVE collective delivering a printing workshop showing you how to make zines and posters at home. This can be watched via The Design Museum's instagram on Wednesday 8th July at 2pm!

The Design Museum says that its programme of activity will enable you to ‘brush up on your design history, virtually visit the studios of leading designers and join learning sessions for all ages.’

There’s heaps of creative ideas for children in its Young Design Museum.

Catch up on some fascinating workshops with designers.



Our Community Studio

Our Croydon community art studio may be closed right now but keep an eye on our blog and follow us on social media where we’ll continue to share art inspiration from our resident artists and members.

If you’re looking for some motivation right now, take a look at our previous blogs for more online activity from art galleries:

Art gallery talks and draws

Croydon! Stay creative


Stay safe and keep creating <3

First Floor Space

Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday 12-5pm, please check events for workshop details

Address: 1046/1048 Croydon Arts Store, Whitgift Centre, Croydon,

CR0 1UQ

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