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We serve a digital audience of over 10 million people every year, with a digital reach to hundreds of millions of people. Since we closed, there have been record increases in visits to some of our online content, by more than 2000% on last year – therefore when lockdown happened we launched a major digital programme bringing art to people's homes across our social media, website and emails
- A Curated Look- curators give talks on the Gallery's pictures from their living rooms and the first inspires people to look at the way artists have painted what is around them. For instance, Francesca Whitlum-Cooper talks about paintings from the Gallery's collection that celebrate domestic activities such as playing music and card games. Among the works Whitlum-Cooper discusses are Chardin's The House of Cards, Manet's Eva Gonzalez, Degas's Combing the Hair and Vermeer's Young Woman Standing at a Virginal.
-A series of online tutorials on "slow looking" will develop the Gallery's mindfulness programme by showing visitors how to look at pictures in depth and explore hidden details. The first of these asks us to take a closer, slower look at Turner's Rain Steam and Speed.
- In Make and Create visitors are given suggestions and instructions for making and creating art works at home, inspired by the collection. Families will be invited to use their old newspapers and magazines to create a collage inspired by painting, including Rousseau's depiction of a tiger prowling in the undergrowth, Surprised!
For those people unable to see the nation's paintings in person at this time, the National Gallery will continue to work hard to bring its pictures to their homes in the major digital programme it launched after the doors in Trafalgar Square temporarily shut. Through its digital initiatives the National Gallery will continue to be open 24/7 with free art for everyone, anywhere, online.