Colourful artworks from Peta Tranquille

As trying as our current experience of living in lockdown may be, it’s also enabling many the time to reconnect with our immediate family, to enjoy our homes, have long chats with friends over the phone or video call, play games, get into the garden, discover new films and television series, to cook and to read.

It’s also a time to create and make. And artists across the world are producing work that will undoubtedly speak to and bear the marks of the unique historical moment that is the global COVID-19 pandemic.

To help document our community’s experiences of living through this crisis through art, we’re inviting artists who live, work or play in Manningham to share with the artworks you’ve made under lockdown.

We’re looking for artworks that depict or interpret all that is mundane, boring and difficult about the lockdown, as well as all that is enjoyable about it, all that is quaint and novel and that we may only experience in this moment. It may speak to the COVID-19 crisis more directly, to the anxieties created by the pandemic, the things we’ve lost or may lose as a result of it, or it may speak to your hopes for the future post-crisis.

Artists are invited to submit images of artwork for sharing on Manningham Council’s social media channels and other promotional platforms such as Manningham Matters. Submitted artworks may also be selected for inclusion in a curated exhibition to be held at Manningham Art Gallery in 2021 that will look back at the crisis and reflect on what we did well during this time and what we got wrong, what we enjoyed about it, what was most odd about it, what lessons can we take from it and how might it change our lives in the long term.

All forms of 2D and 3D visual art and digital media may be submitted.

To submit your work for this project, please read the Icon for application/pdf Terms of Particpation (651.93 KB) then complete the below form and upload up to three artwork files.

Image: Peta Tranquille, Postponed Indefinitely, acrylic on wood. Courtesy of the artist.