The next in the series of the Festival Echoes commissions funded by Arts Council England is Stoke Lockdown Stories by Samantha Jones. Samantha, a recently graduated artist living and working in Stoke-on-Trent was commissioned by Festival Stoke to create artworks in response to Covid-19, working within the government guidelines.
Samantha writes about her Echo commission:
“My aim as an artist who doesn't originally come from Stoke is to find how the current covid-19 situation had affected the city and its people.
I will also be asking people from the Stoke area to send me their stories of lockdowns. These can be uplifting ones or ones where people have struggled, and from these stories I will pick a select few which I will create illustrations from. These combined with my photography will be created into an online gallery where people can view the images and watch the resulting film.”
The ‘Stoke Lockdown Stories’ video and photo gallery can be viewed here
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