Google Open Gallery Lets Small-Gallery Owners Show Their Collections
The new Open Gallery feature encourages small-gallery owners to open their doors to the world so that online visitors can see the artwork inside their walls.Small art galleries around the world can now get some free help from Google to show off the lovely artwork within their walls by using Google Open Gallery, an online service that lets gallery owners display their collections to online visitors. The new Google Open Gallery capability was announced recently by Robert Tansley, the product manager for the Google Open Gallery, and Laurent Gaveau, the head of the lab at the Google Cultural Institute, in a post on the Google Policy Europe Blog. "Do you run a small gallery and would like people to be able to dive into the hidden depths of your artworks with a powerful zoom?" wrote Tansley and Gaveau. "Help is now at hand with Google Open Gallery. For the past few years, we've worked with museums around the world to make their collections available on the Google Cultural Institute. Now, we've opened up the technologies behind this project so that anyone with cultural content can publish it, creating exhibitions that tell engaging stories on their own Website." The Google Open Gallery is also available to individuals who have fascinating art collections and would like to showcase them, they wrote. "Perhaps you've been busy tidying your loft/attic and discovered a treasure trove of photos that can tell an amazing story, like Dean Putney who unearthed a huge archive of photos taken by his grandfather, a German officer during World War I. Or are you an artist like Vitor Rolim from Brazil, and want to show the evolution of your work but are not sure you have the technical expertise?"
That's where the Google Open Gallery can be used, they wrote. "Take a look at how the Belgian Comic Strip Centerused the Google Open Gallery to tell the story of their iconic Art Nouveau building—the Waucquez Warehouse—through a quirky mix of comic-style drawings, photographs, sketches and first-hand experiences."