Art Explorations on line – High Line – New York City

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Date(s) - 08/07/2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Art Explorations are a series of walks investigating artworks displayed in outdoor settings in London and beyond, created and led by Gail Astbury, public art enthusiast as well as a practitioner in her own right.


We’ve adapted to the times and are thrilled to be offering a guided public art tour for all to enjoy from home. The tour will be held on Zoom using Google Streetview, and will be recorded too. It will take approximately 60 minutes, and there will be a chance to ask questions during
the tour.

Photo by Alex Simpson on Unsplash

A mere one and half miles in length, this former railway line has been transformed into a linear park and outdoor gallery, capturing the imagination worldwide, and triggering mimics, not least in London*.

Closes due to the social distancing issues surrounding its inevitable narrow dimensions and its huge popularity, this  virtual tour led by Gail Astbury will be one of the few ways to discover artworks that have been installed here since its opening in 2017.

So what can a Brit bring to the table when it comes to discovering public art in the centre of New York City? Gail has had a love affair with public art since graduation from Wimbledon School of Art in the 1980s.  She has worked on mega-structures and huge installations, and has won commissions to create outdoor galleries in plenty of unusual places.  For a long time, she has wanted to stride along the High Line and reveal the art and the art makers behind this popular destination.  Join the scores off other enthusiasts who have joined Gail’s previous London Art Explorations to find out for yourself.

*London’s mimics include The Tide, on the Greenwich Meridian (visited on Gail’s Greenwich Meridian to City Island tour – 24 June), The Camden High Line, The Peckham Coal Yards, the Great Eastern Parks Route to name but three.

The virtual tour takes around an hour and there will be opportunities to chat en route.


After booking, you will receive a confirmation e mail (this may take a few hours).

You will then receive details of the Zoom meeting vie e mail within 3 hours of the start of the tour – the email will include a link to the virtual tour. Unfamiliar with Zoom? It is advisable to sign up to Zoom (it’s free to you as a participant) – do that right away. View this video about joining a Zoom meeting. If you haven’t used Zoom since 31 May you will be asked to update – worth doing before the tour the begins.

Join the meeting a few minutes before the start time (treating it like going to the theatre and taking your seat).  Within 5 minutes of the tour beginning, we will lock the meeting, so no one else can join the tour – this is a security measure to try minimise what’s called “Zoom bombing” and late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entry. 

Once on the tour you will receive a hand drawn map, so when restrictions are eased you can retrace the tour.

Can’t join on this date / Missed your chance to join – send us a note via our Get in Touch form as if we have sufficient sign ups we may run it again.


To book, there is no set ticket price on this Virtual Tour – we leave it up to your discretion (may we suggest £8-£12) – just use the PayPal Donate button below.  Standby Places are free, if you make a donation you are guaranteed a place (up to a maximum of 95 places). Standby tickets will be released if places are available, within 3 hours of the start of the event.


What people have said about Gail’s Art Explorations when on foot:

Featured Image credit: Ming Cheng


Bookings are closed for this event.

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