The global Art scene has witnessed devastating event cancellations and financial losses in 2020. Since the rise of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, the Internet has been crawling with headlines of the cancellation of major art events. From celebrity music concerts and world tours, to International Film festivals and art fairs, to the complete shutdown of theatres. However, in the time of a long and unexpected quarantine, artists of the world have united, thrived, and put up with the challenges brought on them by the pandemic. And from this global crisis, the quarantine art movement came to life.
2020’s Global Online Art Movement
Artists need an outlet to make their art and to share it, and the Internet has been a friendly platform for online art ever since its creation, but it has been even friendlier ever since the coronavirus hit. Large and renowned art institutions have made their art accessible in isolation. Art galleries have opened online viewing rooms for people to access their work, museums such as the Parisian Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre have posted online stories and highlights of their paintings and artwork for the world to witness. International Film festivals such as the famous Cannes Film festival moved their entire program to a digital format. Even theatres in London such as The National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe have streamed their productions on their websites for global audiences. Not only that, but celebrities have even given out free isolation concerts to entertain their fans at home. In the past few months, the world has witnessed the sincerest harmony and collaboration, just to make things a bit more bearable.
Despite the fact that these institutions have been very active lately, their financial status has severely plummeted. Art businesses depend on audiences, ticket sales, and physical turnout for their profit. Their Internet activity has skyrocketed indeed, but with very little financial reward. Some governments have issued support funds, but still, the art scene’s sustainability is under threat. Almost all artistic platforms have started online donation campaigns asking audiences to help out; a desperate attempt for survival.
Between Art and Quarantine
On the other hand, freelance artists have made an opportunity out of the lockdown and many have gone on an art creation spree. Online challenges such as #gettymuseumchallenge and #mettwinning have gathered a global online archive of art recreation, where people during lockdown would recreate a historical painting out of their household items.
Quarantine creativity has stretched to mask-making designs as well, where artists amp their masks by creating eccentric, funny, and creative artwork on them. Creativity challenges have also encouraged artists to finish a set number of artworks per week, highly increasing their creative productivity.
Share Your Quarantine Art
In the spirit of the quarantine art movement, MADE magazine is calling all local Nigerian artists of all ages, disciplines, and levels of expertise to submit their work to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your work will be featured on our website and all our social media platforms for the world to see.
What are you waiting for?
MADE is calling you to MAKE Art now!