Art Hit: Post Art was an incredible project we ran with artist Eleanor Matthews during the lockdown. We asked people from East Durham and beyond to create postcards that they had designed especially for people feeling isolated, in order to cheer others up and ensure that everyone felt connected during such a difficult time. We believed that to receive a piece of artwork that has been crafted by the care with someone, which the person had put thought into, would mean so much more than a simple message on social media and also allow the project to reach even more people.
The project was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get involved, whether they made or received a postcard, and it was a great way to interject a bit of creativity and positivity into such a difficult time. A number of artists got involved with the project and offered their skills and advice to the community.
We were overwhelmed by the number of postcards people made, and they brought smiles to countless people. We also created a Facebook group, which allowed people to share the work they had created and learn new skills from artists both locally and from further afield.