VOMA: The World’s First Entirely Online Art Museum.
VOMA is a unique opportunity to hear the stories and histories of artists from across the world. Without the limitations of a physical location, access to a museum is possible to anyone with an internet connection. The online experience enables us to work with partners in new ways; the museum becomes a truly communal experience where the voices of the visitors can be added to the conversation.
It affords us the opportunity to collaborate with museums and collections around the world, bringing artworks to a huge global audience. We can show works from across history, bringing hidden works into the light and shedding new light on well-known pieces.
The museum programme speaks to the disparate and yet universal nature of the human experience, bringing together ideas and perspectives and firing our collective imagination through partnership and collaboration. VOMA aims to become a hub for debate and discussion around innovation through the digital, to the end of expanding access, enabling new approaches. Through collective ownership, through innovation and debate, we can re-examine what a museum is, how it should work, what it should do.
Lee Cavaliere, Director
SOME OF OUR PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS
Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
George Floyd Boards from Minneapolis
Pieter Paul Rubens
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Vincent Van Gogh
Some of VOMA’s aims
Collaboration and Shared Ownership: We will work with partners including museum collections, galleries, artists, grassroots activists and technologists to develop a programme that is curated in a collaborative way, where all voices are amplified and engaged. The audience will feel that they’re welcome, that they have a part to play, that their voices have an ear and that they own the space, and the art, together, for free.
Anti-Nationalism: VOMA is nowhere, so it is everywhere; people from all corners of the globe have a place here and those who cannot reach it should be helped in by those who can. We will tell the stories of how art crosses geographical borders and is hemmed in by cultural ones. We’ll look at cultural history and the ongoing action of decolonisation. It will explore the power of art to reveal human stories, histories, successes and failings.
Exploring and Celebrating Difference: The art world can at times seem homogenised, limited to specific geographic locations or points of view. VOMA encourages the discussion of all backgrounds and world-views through art, defying homogeneity. It aims to create a space enriched by collision of cultures and ideals, embracing the difficulties and challenges that these differing views may bring. Through discussion and discourse, we can grow together.
Innovation and Reflection: This is a new space, a new vision for museums, and will host new ideas about how the museum system is evolving and innovating. VOMA will be a gathering place for innovators within public museums and collections, creating a challenging and inspiring space for discussion and debate.
Telling Truth to History: VOMA will raise a critical eyeglass to some of the art worlds murkier corners, examining hidden narratives around corruption and moral decay that have helped some aspects of the art world to perpetuate an air of exclusivity and opulence that excludes large parts of the populace.
Listen and response: VOMA will host a vibrant and energetic conversation for all. It will grow and evolve through constant feedback and input from visitors. It will partner with individuals, groups and institutions worldwide to broaden the scope of the discussion. It will host talks, seminars, giving voice and encouraging debate.