A global pandemic shouldn’t stop you from planning events.  Even so, it is not ideal to go into national lockdown 2 days before the start of an exhibition, especially since the artists have worked so hard.  The idea of a second lockdown was in our consciousness all summer and I already knew, some time ago,  that I wouldn’t be able to have a ‘normal’ preview with wine and canapés and that I would have to limit numbers to ensure social distancing.  I therefore decided, back in September, to book Virtual 360 tours Glos Ltd to film the whole exhibition the day before the preview, ‘just in case’, but was not exactly sure what to expect.

I was so glad that I did, as Scott did a fantastic job of creating a virtual tour of the exhibition. I was amazed at the technology; creating a 3D ‘dolls house’ model of the gallery, a tour with information tags and the ability to dip in and out of rooms, zoom up and down or towards a painting that catches your eye.  It was so realistic and I have had so many positive comments about it.  


I just wanted to say how impressed I was by the 360 tour of the exhibition – although I can’t say that I have mastered all  the controls.

The tour looks brilliant, the whole exhibition looks great.

Thank you so much for sending through the video link for your exhibition.  I have been playing with it this afternoon and its absolutely brilliant.  It functions perfectly with so many ways to view the pieces.  It’s such fun to use too and the sort of thing you could always have playing on an exhibition stand.

Took me a while to work out how to manoeuvre but got it in the end.  Definitely gives an idea of the paintings.

The tour is absolutely brilliant thanks so much.

Since the first lockdown, many more people are used to using live, video and streaming on their devices, so a virtual tour is not such an anathema. While the exhibition cannot be seen physically, this is the next best thing and does help potential buyers to visualise the works of art.  For some people who only know the gallery from art fairs and who live too far away to visit here in the Cotswolds, it was a revelation.


The exhibition was due to finish on Sunday 22nd November but I have extended it until 19 December in the hope that some restrictions will be lifted to allow works of art to be seen before Christmas and appreciated ‘in the flesh’ too.   It is strange and eerie to have four rooms of art completely to myself and I very much look forward to welcoming back art lovers to the gallery when it is safe to do so.

You can find the virtual tour on the events page:

www.hadfieldfineart.co.uk/event/autumn-exhibition-sevenhampton-2020

Credit: Filmed by Virtual 360 tours Glos Ltd

 

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