When coronavirus hit, the art world went online and we all chained ourselves in front of our computers and smartphones as we watched our favourite art world events reorient themselves for the digital age. Finally, galleries are beginning to re-open their doors and while we were super excited to be back, suddenly, we’ve been hit with a horrible case of nerves. What to do about it? Here are some tips to help you feel better!
Many galleries that have opened their doors are now open by appointment only, so make sure you check ahead to make sure you’re booked in. While you’re at it, see what measures the space has in place. Are you required to wear a mask? Will there by hand sanitiser available? Knowing all this will make you feel much more comfortable.
Plan Your Journey
Entering the gallery is just one step, but how are you going to get there? See how public transport has been affected. It’s also good to think about times when transport might be quieter.
Look After Yourself
If you are returning to the gallery as your full-time job, the stress may be significantly larger than that of an art girl looking to get her arty fix. Going back to work is a big deal, especially if you can no longer work from home. So, if that’s you, make sure you are doing the little things that make you feel better. Whether that’s going for a run or giving yourself a pamper sesh, whatever helps to make you feel more relaxed.
Remember, Anxiety Is Normal
It’s super important not to get yourself down if you are feeling anxious. Anxiety is normal and you would probably be a little bit mad if you weren’t feeling nervous right now. Take everything one step at a time, be kind to yourself.
If All That Fails, Go Online
Still feeling nervous? That’s totally OK! Nobody will hate on you for not going gallery hopping again. The art world is so digital right now, that everything that you might experience IRL is usually online anyway. Relax!
Text Lizzy Vartanian