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At home: Sixth form college artists document life in lockdown

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Today sees the launch of At home, an online exhibition of photographs taken by sixth form college students during the Covid-19 lockdown. 140 students from 46 colleges submitted their photographs for the exhibition that runs from 4th to 19th June 2020. The exhibition is being co-ordinated by the Sixth Form Colleges Association and all photographs can be viewed on the SFCA gallery website here

Launching today’s exhibition, Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister said:

“This has been a difficult time for the entire country but this exhibition is a wonderful example of how creativity can flourish in the face of adversity. It’s great to see how these sixth form students have captured the experiences of lockdown from a young person’s perspective. A huge congratulations to all exhibitors and I wish them every success for the future”.

SFCA Chief Executive Bill Watkin said:

At home highlights the extraordinary artistic talent that exists in our sector. We are holding this exhibition to recognise and celebrate excellence in sixth form colleges, but also to stimulate our thinking about the world this summer. It is imperative that we keep the arts in education secure and flourishing. If young people are to make a valuable contribution to society -  even if they are to be successful scientists, engineers, doctors and technicians - they need to develop their creative skills, their artistic sensitivities and their ability to interact with others. All of this will be more important than ever in the post-Covid world”.

You can see the three images from students at Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke as a taster below. We asked the artists to comment on their pieces, each of which are titled "The Social Distance Project".

Mia Boxall (left):

"I wanted to capture the light at the end of the tunnel with lockdown as a symbolic sign of hope."

Natasha Wheeler (middle):

"For this piece, I intended to express moments of seclusion and loneliness during isolation."

Yasmin Tyndale (right): 

"As much as it was at the core of my project , I didn't want to limit myself to just documenting the obvious details that everyone would've experienced. Translating something as abstract as introspection into visual form isn't easy, so pairing images with my written thoughts was key in creating an expressive body of work which captured my own feelings during this time."

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