Shifting Environs, a 3D exhibition, was produced quickly in response to the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the envisaged gallery exhibition was unable to go ahead. The online gallery presents work submitted to an open exhibition run by Arts Etobicoke, a dynamic community arts organization in Toronto, Canada. The exhibition uses a 3D model to simulate the space of their gallery, and to replicate the hanging of the artwork that had been selected by the open exhibition’s judges. Alongside the 3D gallery, there is an online catalogue of the selected works, including video clips provided by the artists, which helps viewers to understand the people behind the art. “Curate your own exhibition” enables visitors to the site can see all submissions to the open exhibition, and make a new curatorial selection, which is then displayed on the website as their own gallery.
The online exhibition was designed to look very different from the main Arts Etobicoke website, to give visitors a sense that they’re in a new mode of engagement while in the “gallery”. However, the online exhibition uses WordPress, the same content management system and the same hosting, allowing for cost-effective, speedy deployment.