I started the virus project right at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, because I knew my husband and I would have to isolate for a very long time due to his Leukemia. The magnified pictures of the virus everywhere intrigued me and I could see lots of colourful ‘viruses’ with different shapes and textures. Also making a ‘virus’ every day, gives my life in isolation a structure. I’m absolutely delighted and proud to have my work displayed in the Outpost, because it is on Portland, the place I love most in the world.
- Antje Rook
During the lockdown, many people have been rekindling their love of making - baking, sewing, painting, drawing and crafting we want to celebrate and showcase this
During the lockdown, many people have been rekindling their love of making – baking, sewing, painting, drawing and crafting we want to celebrate and showcase these, and make sure that everyone can still engage with b-side’s creative programme despite the current closure of our project space and postponement of the Festival this year.
Outpost project space is on Fortuneswell High Street, Portland and has huge street-level windows – it makes the perfect safe social distancing exhibition space. Anyone of any age or skill level can send in photos of their creations which will be printed up into large scale posters.
The exhibition kicks off with work from Portland artists Lyn Kirkland and Antje Rook who have both made work in direct response to the virus. Lyn has been recording her dreams during the lockdown, creating images as soon as she has woken up and Antje has stitched embroidered viruses one for every day of lockdown.
We will be changing the exhibition every three weeks, so do go and have a look – the posters really cheer up the high street and it’s wonderful to be able to share Portland residents talents.
If you would like to get involved please send images of what you have made to email@example.com and we will be in touch.