As trying as our current experience of living in lockdown has been, it’s also enabled many of us 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 been a time to create and make. And artists of all types 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, we invited artists, writers, musicians and performers who live, work or play in Manningham to share the artworks they made under lockdown.

These artworks 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. They also 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. All in all, they are a poignant reflection of a remarkable historical moment.

Back in Lockdown

As we're back in lockdown yet again, we've reopened submissions for When in Lockdown.

If you'd like to share any of the work you've been creating over the last few weeks or months that speaks to your experience of living through the pandemic, head to our Submit Artwork page.

Dark blue abstract painting with lighter blue section running from top to bottom in the middle of the picture roughly suggesting a human figureRebecca Vincent, Iso series, 2020-21, acrylic and ink
Line drawing of an imaginary alpine village with peaks in the backgroundAdrienne Aw, Imaginary Surroundings, 2020, ink on paper
Line drawing of figure lying beneath a wind blown bush with intertwining branchesZahra Marsous, Untitled from the series From Within to the Horizon, 2020, ink on paper

The Upside of Covid

Al Turley, The Upside of Covid, 2021, poem
Impressionist style painting of a wrought iron park bench and lamps among autumn treesStephanie Ristovski, Lifeless Impressionism, 2021, acrylic on canvas
Detailed painting of two hands holding on a black backgroundLucy Maddox, Holding, 2021, oil on canvas
Ceramic sculpture of two stylised figures facing away from one another but touching each others' hand behind their backsYinghong Li, Touch, 2020, ceramic and glazes.
painting of a traffic light with a football field and mountain in the backgroundEd Wakeham, Traffic Light with Distant Horizon, 2020, acrylic on canvas.
matrix of four abstract painted panels installed on composite board backing and hung against chicken wire and branch supportJacinta Payne, Renewal Begins and the Bush Breathes Again, 2020, mixed media artwork and poem.
pastel drawing of a young boy expressing aggravation or frustration on his faceHeather Peberdy, COVIDface, 2020, pastel.
Variegated blue, brown and purple ink drawing resembling a thick sine wave

Annie Edney, This Breathing Biosphere and A Dialogue with Self in Isolation, 2020, ink on paper.

Digitally altered photograph of a woman standing looking out of her house windowMelisa Savickas, Woman with Sky, 2020, digital photograph.
irma_koulouris_geraniums_are_underratedIrma Koulouris, Geraniums are Underrated, 2020, pencil, gouache, digital editing.
Tasmina Majles Confined by my own thoughts

Tasmina Majles, State of Mind, 2020, line drawings.

Claudio Cantelli Lockdown

Claudio Cantelli, Lockdown, 2020, pencil on paper.

Kate Collins Park

Kate Collins, Lonely Park, 2020, digital photograph.

Ned Hatch Heads Will Roll

Ned Hatch, Heads Will Roll, 2020, oil pastels on toilet paper, cotton stitching.

Aydreanne Wash Your Hands

Aydreanne, Wash Your Hands, 2020, clay, paint, glitter paint.

Alan Mak Changing Times

Alan Mak, Changing Times, 2020, biro, whiteout on paper.

Eliza Jung But I am one with the house and the house is with me

Eliza Jung, But I am one with the house and the house is with me, 2020, digital print.

Maria Papandony Corona Emotional Lockdown River Flow

Maria Papandony, Corona Emotional Lockdown River Flow, 2020, acrylic on canvas.

Jenny Wong Schnauzer

Jenny Wong, Schnauzer, 2020, watercolour on paper.

Myra Carter Return to CalmMyra Carter, Return to Calm, 2020, acrylic on canvas.
Corinne Young Billy Button DreamscapeCorinne Young, Billy Button Dreamscape, 2020, oil on board.
Lindy Yeates Shearwater Update, COVID-19 April 2020Lindy Yeates, Shearwater Update COVID-19, April 2020, hand coloured linocut and stencil.
Richard Young Mob GatheringRichard Young, The Mob Gathering, 2020, acrylic on canvas.
Isobel Goodman A Letter to My FriendIsobel Goodman, A Letter to My Friend, 2020, acrylic and pencil on paper.
Peta Tranquille Sunday Afternoon StrollPeta Tranquille, Sunday Afternoon Stroll, 2020, acrylic on wood panel.
Meredith Plain Iso CycleMeredith Plain, Iso Cycle, 2020, ceramic.
Darya Khatami Mashhadi HopeDarya Khatami Mashhadi, Hope, 2020, oil on canvas.


 

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