Colourful artworks from Peta Tranquille

To help document and interpret our community’s experiences of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, we're extending the project When in Lockdown to include work from all creative industries.

So whether you're a visual artist, performer, musician, writer or designer, if you live, work or play in Manningham you're invited to share with the community the art you’ve been creating whilst under lockdown, and create more artwork with the community through workshops that you can deliver.

An artist fee of $150 will be paid for each published submission, with a separate fee being paid for the delivery of selected workshops (please see Terms of Participation below).

View the When in Lockdown online exhibition or go to the Arts Manningham Facebook page.

About Your Artwork

We’re looking for art that engages or depicts 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.

Literary, performing and visual artists are invited to submit artwork, performances and readings for the When in Lockdown online exhibition. Selected works will be shared on Manningham Council’s social media channels and other promotional platforms such as Manningham Matters.

Artworks may also be selected for inclusion in a curated exhibition to be held at Manningham Art Gallery in 2021. This exhibition 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 varieties of visual art, writing, music and sound recordings, and filmed performances may be submitted, but must meet the following size restrictions:

  • Poetry: up to 20 lines
  • Flash fiction or other prose: up to 100 words
  • Filmed/audio recordings: up to 5 minutes
  • Still images: up to 4MB

Online Workshop and Program Proposals

We're also looking for proposals for workshops and other short programs that relate to your When in Lockdown submission and can be delivered successfully online. If you have an idea, please include details with your submission.

How to Submit

For full information about what's eligible, please read in full the Icon for application/pdf When in Lockdown Terms of Participation (171.64 KB)

To submit your work for this project, complete the online form and upload up to three artwork files.

Submit your work

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

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