Age UK charts visual record of lockdown life
Age UK Lancashire is launching Art of Isolation, a visual record of Lancashire in Lockdown, on Monday, November 16.
The 128-page full colour book and online exhibition comprise poetry, paintings, photographs and musings which have been submitted by Lancashire’s older residents.
The project began as a web page to provide entertainment and creative ideas during Lockdown.
With funding support from Age UK and Comic Relief, the charity has been able to develop the idea as a permanent record of the unique and challenging
Jacqueline Harris, a local storyteller, collated and curated the exhibition and the book on behalf of Age UK Lancashire.
She said: “It has been an absolute joy and privilege to work on this project. When we asked for submissions, we had no idea what to expect.
“The influx of work and writing has shown a huge generosity of spirit, such a wide sweep of creativity, imagination and kindness. I like to think of this as northern soul! Coming from a time when communication became increasingly difficult, these images and words communicate something deep and true about human nature.”
The exhibition and the book reflect many aspects of Lockdown including separation and loneliness, kindness, family and friendship, the news, support for the NHS, travel restrictions, exploring close to home and nature.
Teri Stephenson, chief executive of Age UK Lancashire, said: “We are proud and delighted to be able to share this remarkable snap shot of Lancashire in Lockdown.
“This book will provide a very personal legacy and we hope that people across Lancashire and beyond will view the exhibition and buy the book for their families.”
All the proceeds from the book go directly to Age UK Lancashire helping them continue to provide valuable support and services to the region’s most vulnerable
The online exhibition and book order form can be found on Age UK Lancashire’s website www.ageuklancs.org.uk
For people wishing to purchase the book without access to the internet, please call Age UK Lancashire on 0300 303 1234.