Our Creative Lockdown brings together several smaller exhibitions showcasing different individuals’ artistic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the first gallery, visitors can view the annual exhibition of the Wolverhampton Society of Artists. The group has been in existence since the early 20th century and this time the show will feature works completed during lockdown.
The second gallery contains selected works from Art in Lockdown project, organised by Wolverhampton Art Gallery and council library services in 2020. People, based in Wolverhampton, were invited to submit their creations reflecting on their experiences of life during the coronavirus crisis. From 250 submissions we selected work by eight artists, including Ed Isaacs, Kate Collins, Chloe Johnson, Avril Simpson, Alex Wright, Graham Everitt and Ewan Johnston, whose work have been selected to be included in Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s collection.
Works by listed above artists will be presented alongside a selection of pictures by young disabled people and their peers comprising a display entitled Your New Normal, My Normal. The exhibition is the result of a social media campaign organised by Changing Lives charity. Young people got involved in the campaign by getting creative and sharing their artworks exploring the issue of loneliness. A selection of different artworks, made in response to this project feature in this exhibition, alongside digital images available as an online gallery.
The last gallery presents work by Still Lively, a social drawing group for people aged 55+ that meets weekly at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. During lockdown, the group stayed connected by sharing weekly tasks, images of work, supporting and encouraging each other.
Our Creative Lockdown finishes with a 45-minute film entitled The Music Plays On, put together by Wolverhampton Music Service. Wolverhampton Music Service continued to reach out to children and young people across Wolverhampton during lockdown and instrumental lessons were delivered remotely from March 2020 until January 2021. Children and young people share their widely varying musical experiences, through music and spoken word. The film captures authentic reflection on both challenges and successes, told from the perspective of parents, schools, Music Service teachers, as well as young musicians themselves.
Our Creative Lockdown:
Wolverhampton Society of Artists (16 October – 5 December 2021)
Art in Lockdown (16 October – 5 December 2021)
Your New Normal, My Normal (16 October – 5 December 2021)
Still Lively (16 October – 21 November 2021)
The Music Plays On (16 October – 21 November 2021)