How to enjoy art gallery's events on line

Are you missing visits to a museum or art gallery? Then check out one way you can get your fix of culture during lockdown.

A new series of online film nights from Scarborough Art Gallery continues this month with films looking at the sea as an element of marine paintings.

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Gallery Screenings Online, on the last Tuesday of each month from 7pm, features films selected to give audiences a new perspective on both visiting exhibitions and the permanent collections, followed by question and answer sessions.

The next event, on Tuesday May 26 from 7pm, is called The Sea Around Us, featuring six short films and audio recordings with a question and answer with artists Daniel and Clara, Hondartza Fraga and Amy Sharrocks - Museum of Water - about their own depictions of the sea and its use more generally as an artistic subject.

The films include ...

Louis Lumière, La mer/The Sea (1895), 0:35 secs: One of the first films ever screened to the public, shown at the first public film screening in Paris on December 28 1895.

Hondartza Fraga, Upon a Painted Sea (2015), 2.58 mins: A film that seeks to bring a focus back to the sea that is otherwise just a backdrop in paintings depicting the military and economic power of the Dutch republic.

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Daniel and Clara, Exterior Series, (2017), 21 mins: Part of a series that strips away as many other elements as possible to focus on the direct relationship between the recording device (in this case a VHS camera) and the natural environment.

Film programmer Martha Cattell says: “Scarborough Art Gallery has a great many marine paintings in its collection.

“The sea as a subject in its own right is often overlooked and, more widely, often absent in discussions on marine painted subjects.

“This screening will reconsider this and think about the main subject that is usually present in marine paintings, but so often overlooked: the sea.

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“It will consider water through the personal, political and material.”Each Gallery Screening will have optional live captions from a stenographer; downloading the app version of Zoom is recommended for those wishing to use this function.

A visual guide or ‘social story’ will also be created, with illustrations by Scarborough artist Savannah Storm, to explain the format and accessible elements of the screening.

Access to Gallery Screenings Online event on May 26 is by password only, available with a link by emailing Martha Cattell at [email protected] email accesses social story.

The Q&A session and intro will be available on Scarborough Museums Trust’s channel.