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Creative Responses to COVID-19

Monday 29 June 2020, 9.00AM

Art project and exhibition

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the world has experienced a dramatic change, whose effects have infiltrated the cultural, social, political, and economic spheres. The real – the way we live, work, communicate, and socialise – has mainly turned into the virtual. In order to adjust to the new normality, both individuals and institutions have had to make significant changes in the way activities are conducted.

Despite the rigid lockdown measures restricting physical movement, people’s imaginative and original responses to these regulations have proven that creativity knows no borders. Whether by redecorating famous art works with facemasks and toilet paper, crocheting Covid-19 shaped dolls, or producing Coronavirus street art, these new responses to the physical and mental challenges brought about by the pandemic are informing and profoundly shaping  contemporary art practices.

The aim of CModS Artistic Practices is to encourage new modes of thinking about the pandemic through diverse forms of creative art. In doing so, it seeks to open a dialogue among York postgraduates about this current global crisis and to encourage creative, innovative, and meaningful communication across academic communities during the lockdown. This project invited creative responses to the pandemic from York Masters and PhD students. Each creative response tells a personal and/or shared story about the experience of the pandemic.

View the online exhibition

You will have the chance to vote for your FOUR favourite artworks between 29 June (Monday) and July (Monday). There will be a button called "Voting for Your Favourite Artworks" in the menu or a box called "Make your vote count" at the bottom of the homepage. Click on the link and you will see a Google Form with the list of participants.
We hope to hold a physical exhibition on the Universitiy campus once UK government lockdown measures are lifted. All of the communication, the digital entries for our exhibition, and the artistic practice will be archived by the Borthwick Institute for Archives.  It will form a lasting collective memory of the Covid-19 outbreak for York postgraduates and serve as an invaluable record of our academic community's creative response to the pandemic. 


Location: Online