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Locals create memento of lockdown life for Moray: Wonderful Things virtual exhibition


By Lorna Thompson

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AN ONLINE exhibition by the people of Moray summing up lockdown life has gone live.

More than 60 people from across the region submitted photographs in July for Moray: Wonderful Things, a visual community memento of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Locals were invited to submit photographs of objects and scenes that had come to represent their own lockdown isolation for the exhibition, which was conceived by Moray Arts Development Engagement (M:ADE) and run in collaboration with Art North Projects.

The snapshots of lockdown life include a 1950s card table which was brought back into use as a work desk at home, graffiti at Elgin's Doocot Park which took on new meaning, musical instruments which became therapy, comfort food and drink, garden havens, and bikes used on "daily exercise".

Ian McKay, Art North Magazine editor, and the Art North team then created a professional online exhibition and catalogue.

A photograph of a rainbow cake by Kristin Edward.
A photograph of a rainbow cake by Kristin Edward.

Moray: Wonderful Things went live on August 30. Click here to take in the digital collection.

Stacey Menzies-Toner, M:ADE director, said: "We at M:ADE are delighted with the engagement Moray: Wonderful Things achieved.

"Many images were submitted by people we have never worked with before.

"It's been a real opportunity for us to connect across the region, which is something we are passionate about but something that is increasingly hard to achieve, particularly in current circumstances.

"I think too, for those that did contribute, it provided an active way to document one small slice of their own experience within a collective space, brought together under the banner of Moray.

Amanda Lindsay's image of asthma inhalers.
Amanda Lindsay's image of asthma inhalers.

"We are incredibly thankful to Ian and the Art North Projects team for realising our content so beautifully.

"For me personally, it proves that the right partnership and willing engagement from members of the community really can result in meaningful, high-quality projects."

Mr McKay added: "Moray: Wonderful Things will now be the main exhibition appearing at Projectroom2020.org as we take a short break before the next programme begins.

"It will have pride of place with top billing, therefore.

"The project is the most wholly-inclusive we have hosted, and it really underpins our belief that the arts are central to lives of all – and not just a select few."

Louise Edgar's photograph reflecting on the idea of a safe haven.
Louise Edgar's photograph reflecting on the idea of a safe haven.

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