#PelhamPics vol 6

Pelham's Art Industry News

Quote of the Week

"Over the course of my career, I have seen the power of art to effect change, which is what we need now more than ever."

Artist and activist Judy Chicago launching #CreateArtForEarth on Earth Day. 

Media Brief

  Several creative projects were launched yesterday in recognition of the 50th annual Earth Day (22 April). The Art Newspaper  highlights Judy Chicago's collaboration with Serpentine Galleries #CreateArtforEarth.
In artnet news, cultural strategy expert Andras Szanto offers expert advice on how museums could reopen after lockdown, helping the public return to normalcy.  
  Graphic designers and illustrators are creating striking and uplifting visual messages of safety and gratitude, with Times Square billboard owners donating ad space to make way for works like “Love in the Time of Corona”.
The Telegraph’s Colin Gleadell tests out Going, Going, Gone!, a satirical Monopoly-style art collecting board game and tastes what it's like to be a billionaire collector.  
  Museums and attractions in China are cautiously opening, as the country navigates its way out of lockdown. Special measures such as digitisation of tickets, limiting visitor numbers and health deceleration QR codes are being used to keep health and safety a priority.

Virtual Art News


The Financial Times' Jackie Wullschläger reports on the variety of ways artists and galleries are adapting to to the new "virtual" normal, celebrating the creative industry's ability to adjust with unprecedented speed. Kamel Mennour comments, "We have found ourselves in a world where we can either retreat in fear or connect and move forward digitally."

"While galleries and fairs push online viewing rooms and virtual reality advancements to keep collectors engaged, museums face a very different set of challenges." Artsy's Justin Kamp reveals new ways museums are maintaining their communities, via online festivals, new digital platforms and even, yes, TikTok.


Social Media & Community

Americans for the Arts have released the results of a survey into the economic impact of COVID-19 on the arts and culture sector in the US. The detailed info-graphic collates information from 10,250 respondents, highlighting the economic, staffing and programming ramifications of the pandemic. 


For those in need of an injection of creativity, look no further than Isolation Art School on Instagram, offering projects, lessons and tips from artists including Sir Quentin Blake, Jonathan Yeo, and Christopher Le Brun to help people get creative while housebound.  
The Desert X Artist Relief Fund will distribute emergency grants to visual artists living and working in Southern California who have been directly impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. 'Try Something New'
'Speak to the Moment'
'Keep It Conversational'

A few tips from social media gurus to help art instutions grow their online audiences, via Artnet's Naomi Rea.

Weekend Listening + Reading + Watching

Watch the Hilma af Klint documentary Beyond the Visible from the comfort of your sofa, as picked by the critics from The New York Times. Artists Cornelia Parker, Grace Ndiritu, Helen Marten and Heman Chong reveal which books are keeping them company during isolation on Apollo.