Seven Scottish artists from seven generations have created artworks inspired by life under lockdown as part of a new exhibition and film project. Working in a variety of disciplines and with various media, they have sought to capture and convey experiences from personal and generational perspectives, to form a new group exhibition and film, which will be touring hospitals in Edinburgh and the Lothians and beyond. The project is being delivered by Tonic Arts, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation’s Arts in Health and Wellbeing programme, and the results can also be seen on the programme’s website.
A selection panel, including project manager and curator Hans K Clausen, selected seven artists from seven age groups from under 20’s to over 70’s to feature their observations, experiences, reflections and insights of living through the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown; the responses and testimonies given by the artists have been gathered for the exhibition, and a film, Life under Lockdown.
With each artist participating in solo micro-residencies, the result was a unique group exhibition of works capturing creatively fragments of lives lived under lockdown: Jodie Campbell (representing the under-20’s), Emelia Kerr Beale (20’s), Dan Sambo and Hannah Brackston (30’s), Virginia Hutchison (40’s), David (Cully) McCulloch (50’s), Olivia Irvine (60’s) and David Rushton (70’s) developed original visual responses to what they have experienced, using an array of media and practices – drawing, engraving, sewing or scale-modelling, depicting moments, observations and responses in a period of uncertainty, highlighting the essential character of creativity.