Your World - A window into life since lockdown
We're inviting you to share aspects of your life since lockdown through art, for our first ever online exhibition. What's important to you right now? What's making you happy? What are your frustrations? What are you dreaming of? Here are some of the wonderful entries so far. To read the story behind the art, just click on the picture.
Helen Dowley "It will always remind me of lockdown because I found it by chance on one of the many cycle rides that I’ve had the chance to do with my two boys. The bluebells smelt amazing and looked even more stunning and it was peaceful and bathed in the amazing sunshine that we’ve been so lucky to have so much during this time."
Lara Piercy "Being in Lockdown has given me one thing I always felt I was chasing. Time. Time to do my stuff. Time for me. Time for my artworks. The slower pace of life and just being at home all day has given me precious time to be creative. So I’ve spent the days soaking, sorting and sifting hundreds of used stamps to produce this and other collage artworks."
Julio Rafael Montero Morales "Que es aserse cargo de si mismo? Estoy convencido que no solo tiene que ver con el reconocimiento y comprensión de pagar facturas, sino también con la identificación de potencialidades y capacidades propias. Integrar ambas dimensiones, asumirse desde ambos lugares y saberse como una realidad polar y a su vez complementaria, es una de las vias que puede verse como más significativa para ello."
Christine Rodrigues "I have been spending a lot of time walking my dog in the local park which has many mature oak trees and a small woods. The woods have always been a focus for my work and they have become a focus for now. I have been using the shapes of the trees and including some of the living creatures that may be hidden amongst the trees and branches."
Christine Harvey "I find both sailing and painting completely absorbing, calming and a distraction from the news. For me the lockdown has been a time for re-focusing on the things which are important. Although I haven’t been able to sail, I can paint and I am looking forward to regaining freedom and to be able to sail once again."
Roy Chapman "With the beautiful weather and having a reasonable garden it has been like an extended holiday - I really feel guilty at times. We have a large, extended family and keep in regular contact - and it is them that I worry about, and the world they will be living in. My portrait of a young girl makes me think of them, wide-eyed, looking hopefully into the future.."
Pete Greening "Lockdown hasn’t affected me an awful lot – the only difference is that instead of spending large amounts of time painting and feeling guilty about it, I no longer feel guilty! But I do miss the physical contact of hugs from my daughters, and cuddling up with the grandchildren to read books to them."
Karen Martin "The sea is trapped by rocks inside the bay, which give shelter from stormy seas outside. Living on my own has its benefits but can also be very isolating. But inside my isolation I find comfort and warmth from the rocks of society that I am able to tap into with the help of social contact, my art and life itself."
Catherina Petit-van Hoey "‘Lockdown’ was created in the 3rd week of our confinement in an apartment in Valencia. Apart from the occasional walk to the supermarket, we were not allowed out on the streets, so we went occasionally to the roof of our building for some fresh air. We avoided going when we heard that other people were up there, which we could hear from the banging metal door upstairs. The little metal tag, which I found there, became the metal door. The fabric with the Spanish script is from a cotton bag which had paella rice in it, which grows in the Albufera National park, outside Valencia. The Valencian orange in the sky represents the surreal time we find ourselves in. The padlock shows the date we went in lockdown. The satellite disc indicates the importance of satellites, especially communication satellites. Without them we would not be able to stay in touch with family and friends in the UK."
Helen Lack "This contemporary artwork was inspired by an evening walk during lockdown. I was admiring the blend of colours in the sky. It is full of layers and texture to add movement and mood. As an artist in lockdown, I have felt it important to create scenes from nature. This has become my sanctuary and peace."
Annie McAllister "This is a quirky ink and watercolour seaside village I created during lockdown. It features shops and boats etc with the names of places I have lived and the people and animals in our house during lockdown. Downs Locksmith is a play on words - a reminder of painting this during lockdown."
Hamish Blackwood "Rather than honing in on the unpredictability and the devastation of the coronavirus in my art, I chose to concentrate on the potent, powerful strength and auspicious powers of the mythical dragon who symbolises the rejuvenation of life. This painting emphasises my curiosity, inner journey and optimism in these unprecedented times. I’d like to thank Rob Hutt who coached me through this composition."
Teresa Chlapowski "I saw on Facebook that it should be easy to regrow your own veg from leftovers, so I tried and these were the results – not very successful unfortunately. Nevertheless it pushed me to have a go at ‘painting it’ on my iPad, inspired a bit by David Hockney. Lockdown has given me time to experiment more with the tools I already have on hand, but always in too much of a hurry to try anything new!"
James Fisher "This picture is from the first of this season’s storms in Hong Kong, taken overlooking Inner Port Shelter and the town of Sai Kung. The lightning bolt is spearing into the hillside at Fei Ngo Shan (Kowloon Peak). Times like these have created an amazing opportunity to take note of our surroundings - bits that would normally pass us by. What have you noticed? "
Charlotte Vesey "One of the best things about the lockdown for me has been to watch a marvellous spring develop day by day in our garden. The picture below is the result of much experimentation and I leave the viewer to see what flowers it conjures up for them. It is entitled ‘Joy’ for the fun I had producing it."
Gaye Daniels "At the start of lockdown I was surprised at the despondency of people and how so many seemed bored - so I started doing free 30 minutes online sessions. My intention is to raise people’s spirit and judging by the comments, it seems to be working! This is 'Echoes of Fauvist trees' from one of my sessions. "
Stephen Hill "In these strange days, everything feels a bit surreal - like the idea of Sherlock wearing the Christmas cracker-style fake nose, glasses and moustache - the exact opposite of him being a ‘master of disguise'! It’s important to keep everything as normal as possible, even though looking forwards it’s going to get pretty tough... so we all need to keep calm and carry on. It would be nice to meet up with friends in a pub and enjoy a few beers and a load of laughs!"
Gemma Pratt "Seeing rainbows in windows on my lockdown walks and runs has really kept me smiling, and it’s where the inspiration for this zine began. A little rainbow character features on every page to spread hope and keep this little rabbit family smiling. Like most of us these rabbits are baking, video calling and working out at home!"
Liz Grammenos "Since the beginning of the lockdown, I've made sure I've spent between one and two hours in my art room painting. This time has been important in keeping me focused and positive. It has also given my husband a break from me! I use acrylics and mix my colours on a tear-off palette. Instead of throwing the sheets away after use, I kept them. At the end of the first four weeks of lockdown I carefully peeled off the paint from the sheets and stuck them on a large canvas! This became LOCKDOWN VASE OF POSITIVITY!"
How to be part of the exhibition
- Anyone and everyone is welcome to submit their artwork - whatever your age or experience!
- Paintings, sculptures, textiles, photography - anything goes - as long as you can email a photo of it (although we won't be able to show explicit images or language).
- Email your photo to email@example.com with a line or two about what it is and why you chose to capture it in art.
- As this is a virtual exhibition, your artwork and the description you write will be 'displayed' as Facebook and Instagram posts - and on the website.
- The online exhibition will run until Friday 26 June - though maybe longer if lots of people want to take part!