Watch: Unlocked Artist Film now live

On this page, you can find out more about the latest virtual exhibition ‘Unlocked’ which celebrates art created in lockdown and see the new artist film.

The ‘Unlocked’ artists film features a selection of artists from the current virtual exhibition discussing their artwork in their own words as well as the impact of the pandemic. Some of the artists have also filmed the spaces where they make their artwork to give visitors a glimpse into their creative lives.

Cornelia Marland, Outside In exhibitions manager, said: “This short film has really brought our third virtual exhibition to life for me. I’ve enjoyed hearing from some of the exhibiting artists directly and learning more about their practice. If you would like to hear from some of them in more detail I also recommend the recorded Share Art session which can be found on the exhibitions page of our website.”

To celebrate the amazing creativity of Outside In artists during the Covid pandemic, a showcase exhibition has been put together. The aim of the exhibition is to reflect a cross-section of the events and emotions of lockdown – as well as the many materials and methods used to capture this unprecedented time. As a result the 15 images are a powerful, evocative, collection of creativity.

Marc Steene, director of Outside In, said: “Outside In has played a major role in supporting its artists to survive and thrive during the last year through its digital programmes. The lockdown has had a profound impact on peoples lives, it has shown the need for creativity in challenging times and the benefits that art can have for both the individual and society at large. The resilience, humour and creativity shown by our artists has not only helped them but provided a much needed source of pleasure and escape for our audiences as well.”

The artworks in the virtual space were selected by a panel of the Outside In team and include works shared during the lockdowns with the charity on Instagram using the #ShareArtOnline hashtag. This hashtag feed can be seen below and will be constantly changing – so why not get involved and unlock your artwork too?

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A closer look at the role art has played during the pandemic and the impact it has had on the art world


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