Due to the strict coronavirus regulations imposed by the State Government, The F Project are fast-tracking their virtual gallery to continue supporting south-west artists.
President Gareth Colliton is excited to launch to online exhibitions which will first showcase the gallery's current show milieu.
"This has the potential to open Warrnambool as a creative hub to a world-wide audience," he said.
"We're already talking to international residencies and this will allow them to walk through our gallery.
"Sometimes out of adversity, innovation arises."
Through The F Project's website and social media platforms, people can enter and move around the gallery through 3D photographs. People with a virtual reality headset will able to walk around as if they were physically in the gallery.
"There are also little pins telling the audience about each artwork," Mr Colliton said.
"There's also information about the gallery itself and an interview with me."
Mr Colliton has always had an interest in keeping up with the latest technology advances and was able to join forces with Glen Watson to bring virtual reality to The F Project.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, NASA, The Louvre,Acropolis Monuments and the Melbourne Zoo among numerous other galleries and exhibitions have all turned to virtual tours to continue their presence.
As some artists begin to retreat to their studios for isolation and the gallery remains closed until further notice, Mr Colliton will continue to see where this new technology leads.
"We have over 50 volunteers here and a lot of them fall into the high-risk category of contracting Covid-19 so we shut down immediately," he said.
"It's a really awful time and its interesting to see how we're all comforting each other.
"We are always talking to artists and some are utilising this time as an opportunity.
"For us, the online exhibition is a good thing to come out of the bad."
To view milieu from home, head to The F Project's social media pages or click here.
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