Creative Pop led a digital project, An Exploration into Isolation, which was funded by East Durham Creates and Arts Council England, for Shoreside Festival Seaham 2021.
In June 2020 ‘An Exploration into Isolation’ was launched and Creative Pop asked the community to share their experiences of lockdown, how becoming isolated had changed your way of life, emotions, connections, and how you see the world around you. The project acknowledged that this was a lot to consider, and words don’t come easy at the best of times, never mind during a global pandemic, so they developed a fortnightly programme to inspire creative minds, bringing a new theme and a new way to express yourself.
Supported by a variety of artists, this project offered fantastic opportunities for artists and communities to engage and get creative. The project ran for 24 weeks, providing 24 interesting and varied free online arts workshops in the hope of inspiring and connecting each other in a time of disconnect. Participants had the option to submit their creations and potentially be part of a brand new installation led by Creative Pop.
A huge thank you to all of the artists involved (The Singing Elf, Jane Gower at The Barn at Easington, Ian Horn, Abigail Lagden at Curiously Contrary Amanda Jane Textiles, Stuart Trotter, Betty Brown, Alison Curry at Dispel – Art, Caroline Beck at Verde Flowers, Lena Archbold – Textile Art & Design and Denise Hart ) as well as everyone who took the time to join in, connect, create and make the project a valuable and worthwhile experience.