MAKE IT Digital! Where to Access FREE Arts and Culture Online

We're moving as much of our delivery online as we can for the foreseeable. We'll be providing you with online resources to keep your creative juices flowing during this period, alongside setting up hangouts for our community to continue socializing, and sharing live maker tutorials and creative prompts! It's going to take a little while to get going, but we hope you can join us. Share what you get up to with the hashtags #creativewiganandleigh #makeitdigital

Here's our first roundup of online resources where you can explore museums, get involved in creative challenges, read up on art throughout history, and learn about all kinds of things!


64 Million Artists #CreateToConnect


64 Million Artists run daily, weekly, and monthly art challenges for people of all ages to get creative. They provide prompts that inspire people to get creative with what is accessible in their immediate surroundings. From 23rd March, they are trialing a two week daily creative challenge.

It’s free, just sign up here and you’ll get sent an email every day with your challenge.


Google Arts and Culture


We know that many museums are closed at the moment but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue experiencing them online. With Google Arts and Culture, you can explore hundreds of museum collections virtually. There’s all kinds of content on there, from Van Gogh’s beautiful paintings to videos of rockets taking off - there's even a beanie baby collection that belongs to the National Museum of Play. You can take a virtual tour of some museums using Google street view too. Try searching for something you’re interested in - you won’t be disappointed!


The Met Museum

Whilst The Met Museum are temporarily closed, they’ve transformed their website so that you can explore the museum as much as possible from your own home - go and have a look! There’s a 360 degree tour, videos, art tutorials and more.


The Met Museum Free Art Books


Over 500 Met publications are available to read online and download for FREE. There are books about all kinds of art history - there’s an endless number of worlds for you to get lost in here!


The Getty Museum Free Art Books


Another virtual library, this time from The Getty Museum. There’s even MORE art books to look at here.


The Guggenheim Free Modern Art Books


ANOTHER virtual library - we could spend weeks browsing all of these wonderful books. There’s more modern art in this one!


Try Colouring with #colourourcollections


Museums around the world have turned artworks in their collections into colouring pages. What’s better than a bit of colouring to calm the mind and release that creativity? They’re all over the internet, but here are some of our favourites:


The British Library

The University of Bath

The Biodiversity Heritage Library


Google ‘colour our collections’ to find even more!


Wigan and Leigh Archives


For something a bit closer to home, why not explore the Wigan and Leigh Archives online? Just type in a search phrase - maybe the place you live, and explore what comes up! There’s some amazing imagery on there.


TED Talks


TED talks are powerful talks that cover almost every topic you can possibly think of. They’re always short - 18 minutes or less, which makes them perfect for dipping your toe into all sorts of interesting things!


Stay creative everyone! #creativewiganandleigh #makeitdigital

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