Bridging the Digital Divide

This podcast & accompanying resource offers advice on how to make the most of digital offers & build partnerships

What role can art and creativity play in times of confinement and physical distancing? Whitechapel Gallery has been addressing the new challenges posed by the pandemic and the consequent need to invest more resources in digital learning programmes that enable schools to engage with art through blended modes of learning.

In this podcast, Whitechapel Gallery’s Curator of Schools and Teachers, Alex Kais, A New Direction Programmes Manager Chloe Randall, and Art Leader and teacher at Lansbury Lawrence Primary School, Kerri Sellens, discuss how the Whitechapel Gallery has adapted to continue working with schools, how working with the Gallery has impacted schools, and how schools are adapting to continue this learning process throughout the pandemic.

Open Tours Resource Cards

This resource was created by Whitechapel Gallery to support visits to the gallery or to get creative with at home. Each card revolves around a different theme to inspire conversations and interactions with any artwork.

Print off the cards to display questions around the classroom or use them on screen while teaching remotely. The Open Tours cards are a fantastic way to support children and young people to start asking more questions about artwork.

Download the resource


In the Bridging the Digital Divide podcast, we talk about partnerships between schools and arts organisations, the impacts these have, and how they can support learning as well as wellbeing.

Building partnerships is a key focus of the Artsmark Self Assessment Framework, and we have created an Artsmark resource with advice on how to make the most of digital offers & build partnerships with arts and culture organisations during COVID-19.

Artsmark Partnership resource

If you would like to discuss how an Artsmark journey might support your school, the next steps and for any questions, please book onto one of our support calls here.

Image credit: Rob Harris for Whitechapel Gallery

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