Cultural Commons and the Virtual Campus

In response to the evolving Covid-19 situation, the University of Melbourne has created a Virtual Campus Community – a place for students, staff, alumni, community and stakeholders to visit for connection, wellbeing, and intellectual and spiritual nourishment.

With the breadth, volume and significance of the University’s cultural assets, the Cultural Commons initiative, established to increase the accessibility of the collections to students, scholars and the public, is leading the development of a platform to showcase this extensive content. The platform will link to the University’s Virtual Campus Community and other sites.  

The Cultural Commons site will be a platform and channel to share stimulating, creative content. It is not a repository or an encyclopaedic reference to everything we do; instead it will highlight content that will inspire audiences to find out more. Content will be rotated and regularly refreshed.

Highlighting the collaborative nature of the Cultural Commons and an audience led approach, content will be categorised according to the way in which the virtual visitor engages:

  • WATCH – video content, both artistic and documentation style
  • READ – interactive catalogues or publications
  • LISTEN – audio content, podcasts, music, interviews
  • EXPERIENCE – collections, virtual tours of exhibitions

The Cultural Commons site will be launched launched ahead of International Museums Day on 18 May and will be accessible from the Virtual Campus Community site.

Exhibition installation view showing monkey dressed in a suit along with other art works
Image: Installation view, No one is watching you: Ronnie van Hout, Buxton Contemporary, University of Melbourne 12 July – 21 October 2018, photography Christian Capurro