Charity—Gaeleen Quinn partners with strategy & design consultancy Polonsky & Friends in a charity-auction initiative.
Gaeleen Quinn (founder of Q&A Hospitality consulting and the Bogota Food & Wine Festival) partners with strategy and design consultancy Polonsky & Friends in a charity-auction initiative that allows citizens to give back to the immigrant workforce – so crucial to the restaurant industry – affected by the global health crisis. Raising over $12,000 so far, the auction offers the chance to bid for a personal 30-minute Q&A chat with the industry’s most respected chefs.
Fashion & style—The elusive Vogue (US) archive or every single issue and every page since 1892 is open to the public, free of charge.
For a limited time only, the elusive Vogue (US) archive is open to the public, free of charge (previously membership cost over $1,500 to access). Searchable by decade, brand, designer and photographer, the archive makes available every single issue and every page since 1892. Just put aside a good few hours, sign up, and get stuck in. We’re engrossed in everything 1950s, so meet you there.
Nature & environment—Visit Tembe Elephant Park via Africam, a portal to a watering hole frequented by elephants, giraffes and buffalos.
If, like ours, your work-from-home window doesn’t look out to much, here’s a portal to a watering hole in Tembe Elephant Park, a 300sq/km reserve between Zululand and Mozambique. Spot elephants, lions, giraffes and buffalos, among other spectacular varieties of wildlife, including 360 bird species as they meander across the screen for a bathe or a sip of water. (Tip: the sound of the live stream is better than ANY white noise machine.)
Art & design—Harold Ancart brings the pool indoors: a timed online exhibition by David Zwirner
Pools (2017) by Belgian painter Harold Ancart is a series of three-dimensional relief forms made of concrete, then layered with rich colours. Lamenting the lack of pools on one sweltering summer day in New York City, Ancart decides to bring the pool to his studio: “Anyone could afford the space for one, and even if one could not bathe in it, one could still invite their friends to have a drink or a cigarette around the pool.” Now, if only we could bring a sun-soaked lido into our own home office right about now.
Podcast—Digging into engrossing details of popular past events, History Unplugged puts the 'story' back into history.
While events of 2020 fast-track themselves into major chapters of future history books, History Unplugged puts the ‘story’ back into history, digging into engrossing details of popular past events. Each episode features a call-in show during which guests ask resident historian Dr Scott Rank just about anything (If you were sent back in time, how would you kill Hitler?), and an interview with a bestselling author from a diverse selection. Best listened to while tidying the sock drawer for the ninth time this month.
Food & drink—Learn how to make the perfect pavlova with Merlin Labron-Johnson in Mulberry's My Local series
As part of Mulberry’s #TakeRootBranchOut Coronavirus Appeal charity campaign and digital iterations of its ‘My Local’ series, the brand invites influential chef and Somerset resident Merlin Labron-Johnson to teach fans the secrets of the perfect pavlova on IG Live. All donations will be in support of the National Emergencies Trust UK.
Food & drink—Polymath digital talent Margaret Zhang shares her mother's secret dumpling recipe on IG Live
Chinese-Australian filmmaker, photographer and consultant Margaret Zhang promises a rare IG Live stream to share her mother’s secret dumpling recipe. Prepare (original/vegetarian/vegan – the recipe outlines alternatives for all three options) ingredients to follow live. (Also, on Zhang’s orders, dumplings are to be made to the syrupy vibrato of Teresa Teng’s 月亮代表我的心 The Moon Is My Heart)
Cinema—Watch L'important c'est d'aimer, the 1975 cult classic, directed by Żuławski,
Delve into the harrowing world of Żuławski in L’important c’est d’aimer (“That Most Important Thing: Love”), a 1975 cult classic that follows the story of an unhappy actress (Romy Schneider), a passionate love triangle and the violent and unforgiving world of French showbusiness in a patchwork of emotional, figurative and literal narrative. Available to stream free of charge until 7 May 2020 for viewers in the UK.
Art & design—Take a virtual journey to ten top museums around the world, from the comfort of your home
If, like us, you are practising your civic duty of social distancing, yet thirsting for inspiration, take a world tour of ten top museums – virtually, of course, via Google Arts & Culture. Check in with Van Gogh at Musée d’Orsay in Paris, marvel at the architectural grandeur of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, and fly over to Seoul for the contemporary offerings at MMCA. Simply click and move around the screen to navigate the floors. Big monitor recommended.
Photography—Jamie Beck, an American photographer now living in the South of France, starts a raw and emotional journey of photography as a response to the global isolation created by the Covid-19 pandemic, called #IsolationCreation.
Jamie Beck, an American photographer now living in the South of France, starts a raw and emotional journey of photography as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, titled #IsolationCreation. Follow her daily undertaking on Instagram Stories, where she creates extraordinary still-lifes, self-portraits and scenarios documenting her daily musings and struggles during this period. All photographs are available as 18″ x 24″ posters, printed on museum-quality matt paper, via her official website. As a way to help other artists impacted by the virus, 10 per cent of all proceeds will be donated to to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Covid-19 Relief Fund.