During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, we have commissioned artists/creative teams to invent projects that can be delivered under lockdown restrictions.
As a Creative People and Places project, we recognise that the restrictions and the virus effects not only physical wellbeing, but also mental wellbeing and the sense of community. The CREATE-on project aims to provide Boston and South Holland residents feeling connected to their place and outside world. The programme provides some creative escapism to those who may have found themselves with many more hours to fill as they are unable to work, looking for something to do with the family, or simply trying to find a creative outlet and much-needed distraction.
CREATE-on has also allowed Transported to continue supporting freelance artists, who due to the restrictions, have lost valuable work.
The programme is completely free to take part in! There’s lots of projects within the programme, so there is something for everyone. Find a description of each project below and how to get involved.
Curious Lockdown Tales
With artists makes, hints and help, participants can either follow the story of Clarence Fox and Alabama Robin on Instagram or they can join in with the processes, suggest storylines and make their own stories and characters.
Craft Catalyst Club
The Craft Catalyst Club is a remote craft club aimed at adults who may not use the internet and are feeling especially isolated,so this may be perfect for an older isolated relative!
The club gives participants the chance to experience the craft skills they may have always been getting around to, and have the opportunity to discuss their creations with others in this project, designed to be the stepping stone on a creative journey.
Participants can create a positive community postcard to send to another club member as well as receiving one in the post or they can complete a form and be ‘prescribed’ a craft kit by the artists!
FenFrott invites participants to create frottage drawings (rubbing drawings) from three rooms of their homes. Participants can post their frotts in a Facebook group online for other members to try to figure out the location of the exercise!
Alongside the rubbings, there are focus exercises to try; taking a moment to record everything they see, hear, smell and feel. The thoughts can be written/typed and presented with the frottages when they are shared online.
Chris will also be on the streets of South Holland and Boston in June to give out materials. If you fancy an ‘art takeaway’ in the privacy of your own home, call Chris and he’ll deliver to your door a pizza box in which you will find 20 sheets of paper, a stick of graphite (for rubbing) and a list of instructions.
more than a-part
more than a-part is a portrait of Boston in, and emerging from, lockdown during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Boston residents are invited to take part in a phone conversation to share their stories and to think about the question: what or who are we thankful for?
Participants may simply contribute to the work through conversation which then inspires the artwork but they are also welcome to create elements which will be worked into the artwork. The resulting artworks will form a ‘tapestry’ of individual experiences using cyanotypes.