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A Collective Reflection, Lockdown Still Lifes

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

You will find the other four located in and around Whitefriargate in Hull city centre. 

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 will be 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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Related Activities

Lockdown Still Lifes – A collective reflection Audio Walk

Start: 16 Jul, 8am
Finish: 18 Jul, 9pm
35 Whitefriargate

An immersive audio walk around Beverley Gate of 17 members, ranging from a local artists, a thirteen year old girl, someone born and raised on Hessle Road, a stranded foreigner, a jamaican from Bristol reflecting on what they experienced during and learned from Lockdown.

You can enjoy listening to these reflections about the last 15 months by taking the Audio walk outside Burtons from Fri – Sun.

Lockdown Still Lifes – Picnic

17 Jul

Bring a picnic and join some members of the Lockdown Still Lifes Group to continue the reflection on the last 15 months as well as looking forward to what’s to come. Bring pencils, paper, knitting, books, your camera or whatever you enjoy doing and connect with others. Take some time to connect and reflect.

Due to Social Distancing rules still in place, spaces are limited.


Nearest toilets can be found at Queen Victoria Square and Trinity Market.

Nearest baby changing facilities can be found at Trinity Market.

Creative Hull will be taking place under the current government guidelines. Hand sanitiser will be available at each event, and if the event is indoors, you must wear a mask unless you’re exempt or under the age of eleven. If you are exempt, please let a member of our team know.

Social distancing will be in place, and we will manage the capacity of each venue on an individual basis. We ask that you visit us with your household or your support bubble.

Please listen to our instructions to help us keep each other safe.


Friday 16 – Sunday 18 July


24 hours


Old Burtons Building, 35 Whitefriargate, HU1 2HN

No booking required