Art in the Community


Life has slowed down. Perception is heightened. Tidying your room is a form of curatorial practice. Since lockdown, art and creativity have become part of the daily 'self love' routine. Creating 'art' not only relieves stress, and encourages creative thinking but also creating something provides a distraction, giving your brain a break from your usual thoughts. Perhaps isolation has given you more time to yourself, more time to think and being creative is a way of expressing yourself or finding salvation. After all isolation and alienation are frequent themes throughout the history of art. 

The arts have the uncanny ability to overcome cultural and ethnic differences: art is like a universal language that brings people together. Here are a few of my favourite isolation art trends to help you get inspired:

1. Ruby Kean's collages - Collages are a perfect way to bring colour to those dark hidden corners, or to create interesting cards to send abroad. A great weekend activity for anyone. London based artist Ruby Kean has put together collage packs that you can purchase and an online introduction video accessible via the Partnership Editions website. If you want to avoid spending money, you can also use magazines, newspapers and other ephemera around the house to make your creation. 

2. Florence Bridge's DIY face masks and other crafts- Recently featured in Vogue, sustainable designer Florence Bridge was one of the first designers to start making face masks and selling via her Instagram page @florencebridge. Along with the masks, she has been posting weekly craft ideas, perfect for enjoying with your children or isolation partner including: Papier-Mache Splatter Bowls, Monogrammed pillows, Marbled paper, and paper beads. 

3. Recreating Famous Paintings- The rules are simple, imitate a famous artwork using items from around the house, take a picture and share it with the world. The project as shared on @tussenkunstenquarantaine got a big boost of interest after the Getty Museum in California and the Rijksmuseum promoted it. Not only is this trend a great way to explore art of the past but also utterly hilarious and addictive.

4. Natural Clothes Dying- Natural (vegetable and plant based) clothes dying has been used throughout history and a great way to spruce up old garments. Discover how to create your own natural dyes and prepare the fabric via The Spruce Crafts

5. Virtual Gallery Tours- If you're not as confident with a paintbrush but want to feel connected to creativity, check out some of the Virtual Gallery tours. Art lovers can view thousands of paintings, sculptures and installation work online in minute details as well as explore the museums themselves. Take a break from the news and discover the Getty Museum via XplorIt, The Vatican with You Visit, The Guggenheim Bilbao with Google's arts and culture, Natural History Museum with Google's arts and culture, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam via Google's arts and culture and many more. 

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By Editor Harriet Russell