Your lockdown experiences are our history

Historic England (HE) wants to record peoples’ experiences of lockdown as an archive, and from today (April 29) for the next seven days wants them to submit their images.

For the first time since the Second World War the general public is being asked to capture a moment in time recording the challenges of lockdown, self-isolation and social distancing, as part of the national archive, and ten artists are being commissioned to record one of the most extraordinary events in living memory, said Claudia Kenyatta, HE’s director of regions.

“During this time of necessary lockdown restrictions, we are asking the public and some of our most talented contemporary artists to help us record history, whilst being careful to abide by the government’s social distancing measures” she said. “We want people to show us their experiences of lockdown, how communities have come together and life has changed for us all. These challenging times are encouraging us all to pause and reflect upon our relationship with our surroundings. We hope this project inspires creativity and reflection, allowing the public to create a unique time capsule for the future.”

Of the submissions from the public the 50 most evocative, informative and inspiring images will combine with 50 works from ten contemporary artists which will be made freely accessible online.

You can make submissions via the website on social media via #PicturingLockdown.

The chosen artists are: Scottee, an artist, writer and broadcaster from North London; Malaika Kegode, a multi-disciplinary artist based in Bristol; Anand Chhabra, a documentary photographer based in the West Midlands; Coralie Datta, a social documentary photographer based in Yorkshire; London-based photographer Polly Braden; Roy Mehta, also a London-based photographic artist; Bella Milroy, an award winning photographer who lives in Chesterfield, Derbyshire; Adrian Moesby, an artist curator from the North East; North West-based photographer and lecturer Tristan Poyser; and Chloe Dewe Mathews, a photographer based in St Leonards-on-Sea.

Main image is by Paul Marks.

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