Aussie art lovers gain new avenue for appreciation

Xavier Verhoeven
22 June, 2010
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Apple and design have always gone hand in hand, but now the art world is getting on board with the Art Gallery of NSW and National Gallery of Victoria publishing content and audio guides via ‘iTunes U Beyond Campus’.

The two local galleries join the likes of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and and London’s Royal Opera House in making content available for free online through the service. Of course, iTunes U features lectures and content from some of the world’s best universities, including locals Griffith University, The University of Melbourne and The University of Western Australia, among others.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales sees iTunes U as an opportunity to give people access to the Gallery’s collection of lectures, exhibition-related video and audio, children’s tours and collection audio tours, no matter where they might be.

The National Gallery of Victoria similarly wants to make content available to share ideas, art, opinion and analysis. “NGV produces digital resources to promote and introduce NGV exhibitions and the Collection, investigate related themes, and share research, scholarship and expertise,” said NGV Director Dr Gerard Vaughan.

Perhaps one of the best aspects of the move is the ability to download audio tours, sync them with your iOS device, and visit the latest exhibitions in the comfort of your own headphones. Plus, you can save a few bucks on not having to hire the gallery’s audio players.

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