Updated: Jun 20, 2020
Due to the restrictions imposed by the lockdown, people can no longer enjoy art in public spaces, just as many professional creatives are no longer able to continue their projects. As a result, the creative world has revolutionised the possibilities of giving their work greater meaning during the crisis. Instead of keeping their art in their workspaces, they organise free concerts for the local neighbourhood on their balconies or let their community participate in their creative process to create a shared experience.
#Coronamasion is a project launched on Twitter by a group of renowned French cartoonists and illustrators. Anyone who wants to take part in the project can do so by presenting their ideal home during the coronavirus using a template to be filled in and showing where they would most like to spend the isolation period.
Paula de Alvaro, Graphic Designer started making a series of drawings that are related to quarantine and shared them on Instagram for people to color them.
This trend is also strong in music, e.g. DJ Francesco Cellini plays for his neighbours from the roof terrace of his home, while the Italians are under lockdown in Rome, Italy, on March 21, 2020, or Tori Sparks, who plays on the balcony for her neighbours to lift the spirits of people who were in quarantine and could not leave their homes.
“Research has shown professionally organized art and cultural activities have positive effects that help to alleviate loneliness, treat health problems, reduce costs of health care and generally enhance well-being.” - Heli Ansio, 2016
“In our most dire hours, art keeps us sane, lights the dark and ensures we stay human.” - Benjamin Law, 2020
“Art has begun to feel not like a respite or an escape, but a formidable tool for gaining perspective on what are increasingly troubled times.” - Olivia Laing, 2020
“And we always find that comfort in the arts.
Video games? The arts.
Comfort novels? The arts.
Streaming TV? The arts.
Podcasts? The arts.
Chillout music? The arts." - Benjamin Law, 2020
“If you think artists are useless, try to spend your quarantine without music, books, poems, movies, and paintings.” - Stephen King, 2020
What does this mean?
Art connects people.
Creative people are essential to involving communities in a process of change, facilitating a sense of belonging. Feeling part of something bigger than oneself also contributes to better mental health.
A new way of sharing art and culture is emerging.
It is important to rethink the way we communicate and share art. Not only will the way art is communicated change, but where it is shared may also change in the future.