Babies in Lockdown.

EXHIBITION

The Blake Gallery, Woodville Theatre, Gravesend.

In collaboration with Daisy Farris Dance Collective, ‘These 4 Walls’.

As part of new work for ‘These 4 Walls’ I have produced a collection of textile and text art works. For the past year I have been Lead Artist with Playground, an arts project for 0 – 24 month babies taking place in Libraries and Children’s Centre’s across Kent. As a visual artist this has given me an insight into the effect the pandemic has had on families that had a newborn baby during this time.

The Covid – 19 pandemic has had a negative effect on many parents and families, with reports of parental loneliness and loss of social connections having a negative impact on their emotional well being (HM Government, 2021). As a result babies born during Lockdown have been significantly affected by the pandemic with no or limited social contact other than their immediate families (Goodman, 2022).

I talked to parents and carers about giving birth in Lockdown and the weeks that followed as they adjusted to being a new family in such difficult times. In our initial research for These 4 Walls Daisy and I explored mental health issues experienced during the pandemic, my new work focus’s on parents reflections and memories from their unique experience during Lockdown.

Funded by Arts Council England, Gravesham Borough Council.