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12/05/2020
Wolverhampton calls for art inspired by lockdown

Wolverhampton Art Gallery and council library services are inviting budding artists to submit images of lockdown-inspired art to include in special online exhibition ‘Art in Lockdown’.

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Wolverhampton is being asked to submit their creations reflecting on their experiences of life during the coronavirus crisis.

Creative responses could include paintings, drawings, writing, craft or even music.

The exhibition was inspired by Wolverhampton-based artist and illustrator Ed Issacs, who has been creating artworks capturing scenes from his immediate surroundings and daily life in lockdown to share on his social media channels.

As a city, we want to capture people’s artistic responses to serve as a visual archive.

Councillor Harman Banger, City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Economy said:

“During this time art has provided a welcome escape for many.

“We have seen a number of pieces created by members of the public that have captured our beautiful city and reflected how people have coped during the lockdown, with all of the challenges that has brought including home schooling, isolation, working from home or losing a loved one.

“As a city we want to share these experiences with others and I hope this exhibition will highlight how Wolverhampton has been proactive and how we have come together during this time.”

If you are interested in submitting artwork please send a high-resolution image or audio recording to art.gallery@wolverhampton.gov.uk by Sunday, May 31. Please include your name, a short description and where the piece was created. The team will then review submissions and will group the entries into age categories and inform you if you have been selected. All subjects welcome.

Once the lockdown has been lifted and the city’s cultural venues and libraries are open to the public, City of Wolverhampton Council will look to host the exhibition at one of its venues.

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