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Discover different perspectives of the pandemic and reflect on your own in this poignant exhibition. Feel connected through art, creativity and shared experiences.

Art for Life is the result of a number of workshops with artists and people in frontline roles in the health and care sectors, examining their experiences of the pandemic and the subsequent effects on their lives.

The exhibition provides a creative record of this significant moment in our collective history, featuring paintings, photography and sculpture which reflect life under lockdown and the experiences which connected us all – from the importance of family and missing human touch, to the significance of nature and longing for a haircut.

Art for Life features specially-selected loans from the Arts Council Collection – with whom Firstsite is a National Partner 2019-22 – and a variety of pieces made by the key workers who took part in the workshops alongside NHS art psychotherapists, who generously gave up their time to support the sessions. Also on display are contributions from artists personally affected by covid-19.

The exhibition offers a chance to explore how other people dealt with this life-changing event, evaluate our own feelings, and find connections and inspiration to help us as we continue to navigate both the personal and community-wide effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Art for Life is the fifth exhibition by Firstsite as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme, which will continue into 2022.

Kindly supported by the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

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