COVID Diaries: A Celebration of Life Under Lockdown
A free art exhibition in London inspired by COVID-19
Sprout Arts, 74 Moyser Rd, London SW16 6SQ – in the Furzedown area
Open from Monday 22 to Saturday 27 November, 2021 -11 am- 5 pm
Private view Tuesday 23 November 6:30 – 8:30pm
Bring a Covid Poem to read on Saturday 27 November (4-6pm)
About the Exhibition – ALL WELCOME!
The COVID Diaries opens on 22 November. It is a free art exhibition in London inspired by my experience of the pandemic. It’s one artist’s perspective – a snapshot in the time of the unknown. Come and meet me in person while I am in residence at the gallery all week working on my hand made artist books.
My Lockdown Experience
During the first lockdown, my partner was hospitalised with COVID, so I was forced to quarantine. What I dealt with during the first lockdown:
- My partner was hospitalised with COVID
- My own precarious mental health
- Broken washing machine and leaking sink that no plumber would attend to
I grounded myself by recording my experience through…
- Digital drawing
- Keeping a daily diary
My exhibition brings our human condition to light, letting our collective emotions flow with bold use of colour and texture. Through art, journaling, and sharing our collective experiences, we can keep ourselves sane.
In addition, the show includes commissioned portraits of artist Penny Pepper, actress & activist Liz Carr, disabled journalist & editor of the Disability News Service John Pring, disability rights campaigner and member of the House of Lords Baroness Jane Campbell, and live art, performance and video artist Katherine Araniello.
My work exploring the range of human emotions is available for purchase. Take home a new image for your living room and/or workspace. I also take commissions and will be on site to discuss your requirements. This exhibition is funded by Arts Council England as part of the Developing Your Creative Practice Fund.
Earlier this year, Arts Council England awarded me funding to create The Walkie Talkies – a multimedia collage in ten pieces available on the Disability Arts Online YouTube Channel. They are based on a David Morris poem called The Routemaster Race. This work captures the experience of exclusion and inclusion experienced by people with barriers while using Routemaster buses. The sound and film visual arts pieces are available to view at the London Transport Museum.