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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update:

Please see the news page for our full Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update. Following advice ISLAND Arts Centre is temporarily pausing venue-based activities until further notice - we will continue to monitor the evolving situation to determine when we will re-open. We will update this message, via the News page of our website, and our social media channels.  Read more

Visual Arts & Culture

Fancy getting up close and personal to a Monet or Picasso without the crowds?  

A huge number of art galleries and museums around the world have digitised their collections and are now offering free virtual tours to enable you to get your culture fix. 



  • Google Arts & Culture is a great place to start.  It features over 2500 museums and galleries and famous online exhibits from around the world.
  • Our own Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum has launched #VirtualMuseum, with a range of tutorials, digital objects and artworks available to view on-line.​
  • For London centric virtual tours check out this Time Out feature which includes Tate Modern, The Courtauld Gallery of Art, The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery amongst many others.  
  • Since 1938 the British Council has been collecting works of art, craft and design to promote abroad the achievements of the very best British artists, craft practitioners and designers. The Collection has no permanent gallery and has been referred to as a 'Museum Without Walls'. Explore the British Council collection at your leisure.  
  • Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle Gateshead has moved fast to turn its website into a digital space that reflects the different aspects of the programme at this multi-gallery venue.
  • Visual Arts Ireland runs a daily Art in Lockdown exhibition on Facebook for the duration of the current Covid-19 crisis. Featuring a group of 20 artists, Facebook becomes the virtual gallery space, where each of the 20 artists get to show one piece of their work per day. Those 20 artworks are curated into daily albums, and posted on the Art In Lockdown Exhibition Facebook page at 6 p.m. every day.