I was very lucky and received an new iPhone this Christmas. After filling it up with the obligatory apps (Angry Birds, Facebook, Twitter etc.) inspired by this article at BitchBuzz I decided to seek out some cultural apps.
I started out by installing Amazon’s Kindle app, and downloading Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray – perfect for when I’m next on a long train journey and I’ve forgotten whatever book I was reading. And as it is out of copyright, it was free to download. I downloaded a couple of other free books, just in case :)
After that, I didn’t have much of a clue. iTheatre sounds like a great app – for people that live in London (!) And I know some of the big museums and galleries in the US have apps, but I’m not going across the pond any time soon, and don’t like the idea of a virtual tour. (I’d rather see it myself thank you.)
Typing ‘art’ into the iPhone app store search gives you a search result that has Tetris at the top, it’s not exactly what I was looking for… Typing ‘culture’ into the iPhone app store search gives another game… called Culture. Searching arts and culture is a little more successful, the first result coming back as Classic FM’s free app. There are a few more relevant apps dotted amongst the search, Derry’s bid for Capital of Culture app for instance, but still not for me, (am I being too picky?)
When searching for ‘best arts and culture apps’ on Google I came across a Guardian article of 30 top culture apps – one of which is the Guardian app… Some catch my eye, at number 20 25,