Glasgow School of Art’s online showcase has been praised for its accessibility as it launched this week. 

The digital exhibition, which started yesterday, features work from 2022 graduates across all areas of the school, from architecture and fine art, to design and innovation.

Video, audio, photography, and animation are used throughout the showcase providing an immersive experience bursting with creativity and colour.

The online galleries run alongside in-person events, a move which has been applauded by both artists and audiences.

Art fan Beth Duffy who suffers from a chronic illness, finds this continuation of the online event, despite no covid restrictions, a step in the right direction. She said: “I think having online access to events is a brilliant first step on the road to accessibility.

“But it's also important to feel included in a physical setting, with events being able to offer online access in tandem with physical events, as well as creating a space for disabled people to feel welcomed and not a burden during events.”

GSA is not the only arts organisation continuing online events.

Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Art has often had Zoom versions of their in-person events and online screenings.

This coincides with companies, in general, offering a more hybrid approach to working - creating a more accessible environment for disabled people.

For BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduate, Millie Martha Gladwin, the online showcase not only means more inclusivity but also a global audience for her work. She said: “I think the digital degree show really compliments the in-person exhibitions, we are really lucky to have both this year.

“The physical space is such a good way to see art, but everything is digital now, so it helps to hone our skills and widen our audience.”

The National: Millie Martha Gladwin with her creations at one of the in-person events.Millie Martha Gladwin with her creations at one of the in-person events.

The showcase is available to view on its dedicated website and was launched with a panel hosted by writer Huw Lemmey, exploring the new ways of working in the arts emerging from the pandemic.