Museum Without Walls is an accessible digital exhibition platform developed to showcase works from the British Council Collection and works by international artists since 2017.
The platform now provides an accessible online exhibition experience compatible with screen readers, audio descriptions and sign language translations of the texts and works, as well as traditional text-based descriptions.
The project offers a professional development opportunity for curators to hone skills in digital curation, accessibility and intercultural dialogue, whilst familiarising themselves with UK and local visual art scenes.
Since 2017, Museum Without Walls has showcased more than 60 works by 25 international artists curated by six curators from three different countries. It has reached 850,000 unique visitors from more than 90 countries and received over 15 awards from local and international competitions including the Honorary Award at the 2020 Webbys, two Best Website of the Year Awards at the Golden Spider Awards and a Silver Medal at the International Design and Communications Awards.
This fifth edition will host two emerging curators, one from the UK and one from Turkey and with the exhibition going live in May 2021.
The theme of the fifth edition is a celebration of feminist solidarity. The theme coincides with the first WOW (Women of the World Festival) in Istanbul, which will take place in March 2021, celebrating women’s empowerment and gender equality. The exhibition will explore the lives of women today - and particularly as highlighted by the disruptions of 2020 – the crucial interplay of the domestic and public spheres.
Together, the curators will explore how these topics resonate with audiences from the UK and Turkey and will use the British Council Collection as a core resource.
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