From 1 June 2020 ongoing
Celebrating the arts & creativity during covid-19
Articulate celebrates how the arts and creativity have helped us through the recent challenging few months of covid-19.
We asked people from all ages and all walks of life to tell us which artwork or creative practice has personally benefited them ~ from film to song, from a novel to drawing.
During covid-19, individuals and communities are turning to creativity for connecting, solace, distraction, enjoyment and more. Through creativity, we are able to express ourselves in a way we perhaps feel difficult due to lockdown, isolation and how we mentally and emotionally are dealing with the pandemic ~ individually and collectively.
Enjoying art is therapeutic and is beneficial to our minds, hearts and souls. Creative projects which are happening during covid-19, such as the family rainbow windows or bear hunts, to online book groups and choirs, to virtual exhibitions and tiktok dancing, are all connecting and supporting individuals locally and internationally.
Yet, the arts and cultural sector has been hit incredibly hard. Many artists work on a freelance basis and have lost income. Many arts venues and organisations have closed and even when the new ‘normal’ is in place, the arts and cultural sector here in Northern Ireland, wider UK, Ireland and internationally will be decimated. The visual artists, makers, poets, writers, musicians, filmmakers, actors, performance artists and community artists who have given us so much, will be struggling to produce their work.
So, here at least we have created a space to honour and celebrate their work and the power of creativity. Please join us in sharing which artworks or practice has helped, inspired, comforted or given you joy during covid-19 and help us further push much-deserved recognition of how important the cultural sector is to us both enriching our lives and economically.
SUBMIT A PHOTO (OR LINES) OF YOUR SELECTED WORKS, ALONG WITH YOUR FIRST NAME, LOCATION AND A FEW LINES TELLING US HOW IT HAS HELPED YOU, TO ART_ICULATE@YAHOO.COM
This is a rolling project so submissions welcome anytime.