The Art of Lockdown
The Art of Lockdown
Readers and residents of south west London have been getting creative and making art during lockdown, here are some of our favourites…
Readers and artists across south west London have been turning to art to help make sense of this very strange time. Many people have found mindful hobbies or activities such as music, poetry or painting have been therapeutic. Readers have contacted us with different art projects they’ve been working on, and across all mediums including; music, painting, poetry, photography, collaborations, writing and printing. They bring positivity and joy from an otherwise dark and difficult time. So we’ve created an online gallery for you to see what your neighbours have been up to.
ONLINE ART GALLERY
Kingston photographer, Isabella Panattoni, has been working on documenting all aspects of our community during the pandemic. From residents, to key workers and local businesses, Isabella has met with and captured both portrait and fascinating story of each person.
‘I started with doorstep portraits and quickly realised we all had a story to tell. Our experiences are all so unique, from the train station ticket hall attendant, our neighbours, the refuse and recycling teams to the broadband engineer improving the internet for our local hospital.’
Isabella’s art of lockdown documents elements of their lives and puts it together with a series of portraits. ‘It’s a time capsule documenting such an important part of our history. I believe we, and others will look back on this time and reflect upon each life and the way it has been affected. Documenting it is so important.’
You can see the series on Isabella’s Instagram feed or her Facebook page Isabella Panattoni Photography. A new portrait gets published each day so follow her account to see each one. If you’d like to get involved in her project or would like to suggest a business that would, please email Isabella.
Words Make Sense
Poetry by Andrea Charles-Munro
It’s lockdown due to Covid-19
Nothing like we’ve ever seen
It’s like a film and we want out
Can’t exit, pause or even shout
A deadly virus spread worldwide
Nowhere to run nowhere to hide
The strangest feeling we will feel
Sad realisation it’s all real
Government advice will help us through
Just do as they say don’t do as they do
No hugs, elbow bumps or shaking hands
Two metres apart is where you stand
Wash your hands and clean they must stay
Things we should do anyway
No meeting friends or games in the park
Same rules apply even when its dark
Why do people shop with such greed
Buying so much more than they need
Leaving shelves completely bare
Selfish act without a care
Don’t be bored, complain or fuss
Others have it worse than us
At least we can shop and exercise
With time you have learn to be wise
Have a routine plan your day
You’ll get much more done that way
Instead of endless cups of tea
Or watching Netflix on TV
Get in the garden pull up those weeds
Mow the lawn plant some seeds
Cooking and baking tidy the shed
Read that book before going to bed
Continue your hobby or try something new
Catch up on things you’ve been meaning to do
Praise for key workers the NHS
A challenging time and doing their best
They deserve more than a medal or a pat on the back
Show appreciation on Thursdays at 8pm and clap
Remember don’t travel wonder or roam
Let save lives by staying at home
We’re in this together so let’s stay strong
A better nation we will become.
Hannah White has long been on our radar since her brilliant Sound Lounge opened in Merton Abbey Mills and has since found a new home in Tooting. We interviewed her earlier this year in our edit on Where are all the women in music? Hannah has been working on her new album with her band Hannah White and The Nordic Connections which will be released in June. You can pre-order on her website. We have fallen in love the screen print t-shirt! She has also been streaming some live events during lockdown on social media, so follow her to catch further gig announcements.
Wimbledon artist Jo Holdsworth has been busy in her studio preparing new work for online shows. We have been blessed with amazing weather during lockdown and if you’re anything like Jo you will be dreaming of beach visits too. You can see her stunning new seascape pictured here, together with more of her paintings of reflected figures in “Nature Reflected”, a new online exhibition curated by London art consultancy @ArtfullySorted, opening on 5 June for World Environment Day and supporting @worldlandtrust.
Rachael, founder of Eatonville Calligraphy, based in Tooting, has been selling ‘Rainbows for the NHS’ prints to help raise money for the NHS, raising over £700 so far. “It’s been a great way to make a little difference and help to brighten up people’s homes during lockdown” Rachael told us. She also offers virtual calligraphy classes over Zoom “They’ve been really popular, a lot of people seem to be keen to learn such a mindful hobby at the moment”. More examples of her work can also be found on her Instagram page.
Community Collaboration: Online Gallery
This creative project is aimed at sparking conversations amongst the community and focuses on celebrating young creative talent from primary school children and their families. Colouring in Kingston is a shared online project to create a community gallery, and some of the artwork will be transformed into graphics.
It is a collaboration between Art Direction BA students at Kingston School of Art; Josephine Miller and Izzi Toovey, and The Community Brain, as part of SHEDx Growing Ideas in Tolworth. Initially the students collaborated with young artists in the Kingston borough providing a series of drawing challenges. They then digitally transformed these drawings with the aim to display the collaborative artwork into the community in the future. Due to COVID-19, they have adapted the project to encourage people to stay at home and be creative. These submissions will be showcased on an online gallery on Instagram.
Get Published Like The Plague
Hone your writing skills and get published, Clapham author Julie Anderson latest book Plague will be published in September. Here’s a sneak preview:
There are many ways to die. Plague is just one. Work on a London tube line is halted by the discovery of an ancient plague pit and in it, a very
recent corpse. A day later another body is found, also in a plague pit. This victim is linked to the Palace of Westminster, where rumours swirl around the Prime Minister and his rivals. As the number of deaths climbs, the media stokes fear. Government assurances are disbelieved.
Everyone feels threatened. This has to be resolved and fast. A disgraced civil servant and a policeman must find the answer before Westminster closes for recess. Power, money and love curdle into a deadly brew that could bring down the Mother of Parliaments. Time is running out. And it’s not clear what – or who – will survive.
Julie Anderson is Chair of Trustees of Clapham Writers, organisers of the Clapham Book Festival, and curates events across London. Earlier publications include historical adventure novels and short stories.