Press Release 24 June 2021
Local arts for wellbeing charity, Independent Arts, are pleased to announce their forthcoming Looking Out From Lockdown tour, taking place at various venues across the Isle of Wight this summer.
Looking Out From Lockdown is an Island-wide project celebrating the creativity of Island people during lockdown, both in 2020, and again in 2021. In collaboration with Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Susie Sheldon, Independent Arts offered people the chance to exhibit their lockdown creations online, be it painting, photographs, poetry, music, speech, pottery, writing, crafts, projects, inventions, baking, gardening or anything else creative completed to keep spirits up during lockdown.
Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight Susie Sheldon (left) and Lisa Gagliani, CEO of Independent Arts, with some of the art to be featured in the upcoming Looking Out From Lockdown exhibitions.
Pieces from this online gallery have now been selected to feature in a series of summer exhibitions which will take place in Ryde, Ventnor, Cowes, Freshwater and Newport from July through to September, giving as many people as possible the chance to visit and see the work created by a cross section of Islanders during the pandemic. Work was submitted from all corners of the Isle of Wight, from those aged 7 – 77, and includes landscape paintings, sketches, sculptures, photography, as well as flower arrangements and baking!
Independent Arts CEO, Lisa Gagliani MBE, said:
“As a charity committed to supporting people who are isolated across the Island, we felt during Lockdown that was time to get everyone on side with arts for wellbeing. The online gallery proved really popular and now that we can all venture out, we are delighted to pull the Tour together and bring much needed footfall to some of our cherished cafés and other venues.”
As well as free-to-view weeklong exhibitions, there is also a ticketed event taking place at Medina Bookshop, Cowes, where attendees will be able to see a selection of pieces, as well as live performances of poetry and spoken word from the online collection. The free-to-view shows will be taking place at:
The exhibitions have been funded by WightAid, and are presented in collaboration with Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon, who said:
“The response to ‘Looking out from Lockdown’ has been a delight with so many varied contributions from so many Islanders. This exhibition gives a taste of the quality and variety of these contributions and celebrates not only the wonderful work done by Independent Arts but the amazing resilience and creativity of Islanders over the last 16 months.”
For more information on Looking Out From Lockdown, or Independent Arts, please contact us.
Thank you to WightAid for funding the summer 2021 Looking Out From Lockdown exhibitions around the island and to Daisie Rich Trust for funding the online gallery. Looking Out From Lockdown is an extension of Independent Arts' online Festival of Islesolation, developed during the first lockdown in 2020 with funding from ACE (Arts Council England).