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Outpost Lockdown Exhibitions - Rachel Oborne and Catherine Bennett

Monday 11th January 2021 - 01:15pm
77 Fortuneswell

The latest posters to go up are by Portland residents Rachel Oborne and Catherine Bennett.

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, 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 2020 Festival.

Outpost project space is on Fortuneswell High Street, Portland and has huge street-level windows - it makes the perfect safe social distancing exhibition space. Following an overwhelming response to our call out to Portland residents to show us their creativity we have a fantastic visual archive of Portland Lockdown creative talent.

Both sets of images have been created by mothers working with their children, a record of motherhood, family and home at this difficult time.

Rachel's images are a record of artwork created by herself and her daughter Maggie during the first lockdown “At the beginning of lockdown, my daughter and I tried to create a piece of art a day. I tried watercolours and my daughter, who is 12, drew line drawings. We drew the things around us. Now things are more back to normal, they remind me of a time which was quiet and sunny and when we seemed to have more time on my hands.” 

Catherine's photographs created with her son focus on the importance of home during Lockdown and her enhanced experiences of motherhood during this period.

See all our Lockdown Art contributors HERE

This time has been the most intense time of being a mother and endeavouring to keep HOME a happy, safe and inspiring place.  We are incredibly lucky to have lockdown here on Portland, however, it has still been challenging to be a child's everything. Our saving grace has been food, nature and exploracise all courtesy of Portland. 

Catherine Bennett
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