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A Collective Reflection, Lockdown Still Lifes

A Collective Reflection was part of a series of five window displays made by local artists and commissioned by Absolutely Cultured as a part of Creative Hull in 2021, made in response to the theme of how arts, culture and creativity help to rebuild city centres post-lockdown.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, a Facebook community emerged to provide a creative haven during a time of restriction and social isolation, asking strangers and friends to share images of their new everyday life.

Dressing the windows of the old Burtons building on Whitefriargate, images taken over a period of 15 months by 460 members were showcased for Creative Hull, along with the use of pioneering Whispering Windows® technology to tell individual stories of the lockdown experience and share the journey of the motivation and emotions that inspired their creations.

“One group, 16 months, 100 cities, 27 countries, several lockdowns and roadmaps and many different viewpoints. Visit our window and see lockdown through many different eyes, mostly from a Hull perspective, but peeping further afield and even crossing oceans, this is/was after all a global pandemic. See the world, a pandemic visualised and reflected in this window, in this street in Hull.” – Marianne Lewsley-Stier, on behalf of Lockdown Still Lifes

Lockdown Still Lifes’ A Collective Reflection reaches out beyond the screen to celebrate community and creativity across different mediums, backgrounds and demographics, asking passers-by to stop and listen to a story, observe an image and reflect on their time during the pandemic.

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Friday 16 – Sunday 18 July 2021


24 hours


Old Burtons Building, 35 Whitefriargate, HU1 2HN