If you love art but don’t have the time to visit galleries or don’t hear about an exhibition until it’s over, there’s a new app that might help you feel like you’re not completely missing out.
ArtPassport is a free app that gives users 360 degree views of contemporary art from some of the world’s leading galleries and museums.
You can get updates from new exhibitions sent straight to your phone and if you’ve got a Google Cardboard headset (available online for a few quid if you haven’t) you can have what the app’s developers call “a more immersive experience”.
It is currently only available in Apple's AppStore, so if you're firmly Team Android you may have to just go and visit a gallery the old-fashioned way.
There are descriptive texts with the exhibition images and even visitor information, maps and directions if you do find the time to visit a gallery in real life.
The people behind ArtPassport (the same people behind the website GalleriesNow.net) take the photos themselves using 306 degree VR photography.
The images are detailed enough for you to zoom in on items that particularly interest you.
Founder Tristram Fetherstonhaugh said: “At GalleriesNow we have always been about presenting the fantastic art at galleries around the world to as large an audience as possible, whether they are curators, collectors or the curious.
“VR lets us take that to a whole new level, getting across the atmosphere, scope and character of the exhibitions.”
Gary Waterston, director of London’s Gagosian Gallery, said ArtPassport is “a gamechanger, helping inspire those locally to come and engage with our exhibitions while opening up a more in depth view of the installation to those unable to visit in person.”