A lesson in ‘how to’ #BetweenArtandQuarantine

For the National Gallery of Australia it started with a recreation of Sidney Nolan’s ‘Ned Kelly’ on Twitter, but it has escalated to all kinds of hilarity and even a globally viral LEGO version of ‘Blue poles’. We’re sharing some of the highlights of the internet sensation, the #BetweenArtandQuarantine challenge.

The #BetweenArtandQuarantine challenge, or the #StayHomeChallenge, was sparked by the Instagram account @tussenkunstenquarantaine on 14 March, as cities and countries across the world started to go into lockdown due to COVID-19.

The challenge was adopted quickly by the Rijksmuseum, The Getty and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now it has spread across the world, with gallery and museum collections worldwide falling to the phenomenon — including the national collection here in Canberra.

The challenge is simple:

1. Pick your artwork

2. Use three items in your home to recreate the work of art.

3. Share on social media with the hashtags #BetweenArtandQuarantine #Tussenkunstenquarantine.

A relief from the current day-to-day grind of isolation, here are some of our favourite recreations that have been inspired by the Gallery’s collection:

@uppunder recreates Sidney Nolan’s ‘Ned Kelly’ 1946 Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
The Vincent family recreate Jackson Pollock’s ‘Blue poles’ 1952 ©️ Pollock-Krasner Foundation. ARS/Copyright Agency
Leonie Andrews recreates Antony Gormley’s ‘Angel of the North (life-size maquette)’ 1996 Gift of James and Jacqui Erskine 2009 ©️ the artist
Sarah Earle recreates Grace Crowley ‘Abstract painting’ 1947 Purchased 1959
Karen and John MacDonald recreate Audrey Flack’s ‘Jolie madame [Pretty woman]’ 1972–73 ©️ Audrey Flack
Maggie Jansen recreates Martin Sharp’s ‘Still life’ 1973 Purchased 1973
Kirsty Young recreates Joan Miró ‘Paysage [Landscape]’ 1927 ©️ Successió Miró. ADAGP/Copyright Agency
Ainsley Prine recreates David Apsden’s ‘Brazil no. 1’ 1971 Purchased 1972
Josie Borgia recreates Bert Flugelman’s ‘Cones’ 1982 ©️ Bert Flugelman
The Da Silva family recreate Jackson Pollock’s ‘Blue poles’ 1952 ©️ Pollock-Krasner Foundation. ARS/Copyright Agency
Aurélia Smith recreates David Smith ’25 planes’ 1958 ©️ David Smith. VAGA/Copyright Agency
Emmy Yager recreates Sidney Nolan’s ‘Ned Kelly’ 1946 Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
The Vincent family recreate Henri Matisse’s ‘Jazz. Icare [Icarus]’ 1947 © Succession H. Matisse/Copyright Agency
Melinda Rackham recreates Rosemary Laing ‘flight research #6’ 1999–2000 Purchased 2001 © Rosemary Laing

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