If you haven’t already watched the cuddly creatures webcam at Melbourne Zoo, then you should. But after so many hours of snow leopards, you might need some online viewing with a bit more … dialogue … depth… dare I say culture? Galleries, Libraries And Museums are producing stimulating online programs to stir the synapses.
Try the National Gallery of Victoria virtual tours: I found Basquiat baffling and Bleached Gothic bleak except for the owl above the door on the right. I couldn’t find my way out – I’m sure someone with gaming experience could help with that. But I liked KAWS: it’s as if he was comically curated for our current COVID crisis. Scroll down to the children’s tours, art docos and works to view onscreen.
Perhaps you noticed ABC suggestions for Australian Arts online? Or Patrick Stewart reading a daily Shakespeare? Melbourne Theatre Company offers quizzes and arts recommendations if you scroll past the latest play on offer. You can watch more Australian Theatre Live but the streaming price is steep unless you can binge for a week.
Museums Victoria has always offered a huge range of images from their collections online. All four museums present searchable collections for every interest: Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum and Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Show the kids the Downton Abbey-type doll’s house.
The State Library of Victoria has amazing online resources that we can’t offer at YPRL. You might like to help them preserve history now by keeping COVID pamphlets for their collection. There is a digital tour of the famous building. Try the Naxos Music Library of classical and world music recordings. Listen for free once you become a member. More music is free every Thursday night from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. And for a bit of bonding, don’t miss Australia’s unofficial anthem in Waterloo.
And before you click, have a guess at the original meaning of ‘glamour’. There’s magic everywhere, if you look.
For more information on YPRL's services and programs visit Your Library at Home.
My thanks to Konrad Marshall from Good Weekend for some hints.
Alan Thompson, Community Coordinator