Creating during Covid – Artists reflect on life during lockdown

An exciting project reflecting on life during lockdown through the work of three local artists and an artist partnership will be launched this September.  

Artists in Lockdown, led by Discover Dearne and supported by funding from Arts Council England, will see four unique pieces of artwork created inspired by the Dearne Valley, its history and landscapes while reflecting the current crisis through the eyes of the artists.   

Artwork such as stunning ceramics, prints, a metal installation and soundscapes will be produced all of which have been created during Covid 19.

The artists, who have previously worked together as part of the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership’s River Dearne Artist Commissions, have been brought back together again to document this critical time in history. 

They include Louise Wright who will be creating artwork inspired by the beauty and natural environment of her own outside space using lino cut techniques.  

Patrick Murphy who will be creating a series of ceramic horses inspired by the ponies he sees daily on his walks along the River Dearne.


Dan Jones, sculptor will be using the theme of nature in creating and installing a beautiful sculptural metal bird screen at Worsbrough Mill Country Park that will allow visitors to watch the astounding amount of wildlife that resides there. 

Hayley Youell, Andy Seward and James Lockey will be collaborating once more to create a series of moving and emotional soundscapes to accompany film footage from the local area.  It will capture the intense feelings and emotions brought about by the pandemic.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “Now is a unique and monumental time in history, one that has impacted on us all.  It is important that we document this moment for future generations and Discover Dearne working with local artists are doing this in an incredibly creative way.  We look forward to seeing the end results how our beautiful surroundings are incorporated in the work.”


For more details about the project visit Barnsley Museums.

Follow the progress of the project via social media #Artistsinlockdown

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