It was unimaginable in 1955 when the Art Prize first started that we would be able to hold the Northern Beaches’ most prestigious art competition entirely online… but we did it!
Over 1,000 entries were received across two categories, Open and Youth, and judged by a panel of industry peers comprising Elli Walsh, Deputy Editor of Artist Profile magazine and Curator at 3.33 Art Projects, Sarah Robson, Cross-Disciplinary Artist and Ken Done, Artist.
Being online means you can view and enjoy the exhibition from the comfort of your home!
We are pleased to present the 60 Open finalists and 30 Youth finalists in this online exhibition.
People's Choice Award
Congratulations to the winners of the People’s Choice Award for the 2020 Northern Beaches Art Prize.
We received an overwhelming response to the online voting - over 1500 votes were received!
Thank you to all of you who took the time to engage with the online exhibition and to support the artists in the process.
Congratulations to Kevin Paul (Open winner) and Brodie Folkard (Youth winner) who both receive a $500 prize! View the winners
Brodie Folkard, age 15During Covid-19 lockdown, I have faced difficulties with friends resulting in minor anxiety and feeling lonely most of the time. Overcoming this lockdown was a hardship as I was Alone.
Aloneacrylic on canvas
Ella McLeod, age 15My postcard from home reflects the introspection that I experienced during our home schooling; much time spent in thought and daydreaming.
Self Portraitpencil on paper
Paul HeppellStuck inside with three energetic boys who hold climb the walls and tumble through the air of every room.
Stuck Insidephotography and digital
Chris AtichianThe work represents discarded, crumpled paper. From marble to paper, like reverse alchemy. An attempt to capture the moment of calm following destruction. A metaphor for the current state of the Paris Climate Agreement, and an outlook on global warming and our inability to act decisively on climate change. Made during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Uncertain Futurehand carved Calacatta marble, 300 x 300mm
Tracy SmithWith extra time in the studio the mind wanders across current issues that require a response.
Stay Safeceramic form
Chris LangloisPainting of the ocean during the recent storms looking from Warriewood Beach looking at Turimetta Headland. Postcard from home.
Sea 4oil on linen
Greg ColeThere's something like 2000 burial sites in this photo alone. The idea that a cemetery, which received the dead from the 1870s through the Smallpox, Bubonic Plague and Spanish Flu epidemics, is still open for business is something I found fascinating. I took the photo, wondering if Covid-19 would see a demand for spaces of which there are still plenty, it seems.
Manly Cemetery: Still Open for Business
photograph, DJI MAVIC AIR-2 Drone. 48MPS. 24-mm lens from about 85 metres altitude.
Suzanne DaveyTrying to triumph over chaos! Heralding the retreat to home as a safe space, where we grapple with our impulse to shape our world and our inability to do so. A banner to the fragility of humans in the face of natural forces beyond our control. Thanks Marie Kondo.
I was here, I was here, I was here...textiles, clothing, shoes, sticks, fake grass, stools
Jude HungerfordDuring this period of Covid-19 shutdown I have been thinking about the oddly beautiful appearance of the virus itself, its movement and the chaos and destruction it has created around the world. Bright colours remind me of a warning.
Contagionmonotype, acrylic on rice paper
Julia Davis and Lisa JonesJulia Davis and Lisa Jones’ collaborative project, Thresholds: a chorus, reinterprets subterranean landscapes through drawings suspending the rhythms of nature and human action. The medium for these on-site drawings is sourced from accretionary-site-residue and used to impregnate the paper substrate to conjure a literal response from the landscape.
Thresholds: a chorus 2 (Middle Head, Sydney)sediment (Middle Head, Sydney) on clayboard
Greg StonehouseThe image threads the lone swimmer between the foam and the sky. At this time, the simple action of a pool lap becomes a determined rhythm on the outside.
Swimming in the Cloudsphotograph
Hayden Wu, age 12This photo shows Mum’s car “imprisoned” on the driveway during lockdown. It looked fixed, dark and forbidden. This is how I felt being stuck at home.
Parked, Going Nowhere!photograph using Panasonic Lumix GX7. 12-35mm F2.8 1/500s ISO 200
Rachael Ozich, age 18Three figures, wearing the protective clothing worn during Covid-19, the Plague and the Spanish Flu, practise social distancing. They are the Moirai, the Greek goddesses who controlled the destiny of every human life. Against the background of an empty space, they represent the unpredictability of our current situation.
Fate 2020digital media
Emily Hick, age 18I'm so lucky to live on the Northern Beaches. One of my favourite pastimes is going to Pittwater at Palm Beach to watch the sunset over the ranges. I love to work from memory and recreate my work in a minimalistic way using tone and light to inform the composition. I want to evoke a memory or journey for the viewer, hoping that they see something different each time.
Pittwater Iacrylic ink on watercolour paper
Carrie WebsterMy world, my life, my home turned upside down. This time has changed everything in our lives that we have taken for granted. Corona virus has become our focus and it is everything we see and hear in the media, in the community, in our homes.
V-eye-risphotography and Photoshop
Ashleigh Bland, age 14My artwork focuses on isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I was inspired by the items that I was most close to at home. I was longing to be free and pursue my love of skating, however I was stuck inside and could only dream about being with my friends and enjoying cruising the roads in my area. Therefore I focused on objects like my VANS sneakers and my skate board.
At Homepaper, acrylic paint on board
Pamela PaulineHaving spent the past year photographing endangered species throughout Australia, the Covid-19 lockdown has further enhanced my commitment to fostering support for conservation through creating artwork. Combining the symbolism and metaphorical nature of 17th century Still Life paintings with modern photographic techniques, a contemporary narrative about Australia's threatened biodiversity is formed. With my camera as a tool (Canon5dmarkiv), I photographed these threatened plants and animals at conservation gardens and wildlife refuges throughout Australia. Using the most up-to-date information on endangered species from the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) as well as the Australian Office of Environment and Heritage department, my data is then categorised into threatened, vulnerable, rare and endangered species as well as broken down by State. The research component plays a crucial role in the creation of these artworks. After I have curated the photographs to include in each artwork, I use editing techniques to dissect my photographs, selecting only the portion that I want to remain visible, carefully placing my imagery to create my final composition. Blurring the line between reality and fiction, Still Life Bound incorporates more than 50 photographic layers.
Still Life Boundphotograph printed on 100% Cotton Rag
Terri CracknellI focused on the possibilities of the future by reading travel books and planning trips. My constant companions while reading in the garden were the birds. They joined me for breakfast in the sun, curious about the contents of The Lonely Planet.
A Very Lonely Planetdigital image on canvas
Saul HirnerMany beaches around Sydney had been closed due to Covid-19. Once opened, people flocked to enjoy them once again. This image portrays a surfer exiting the ocean, surrounded by footprints. The photograph is almost a statement of success, the success being our ability to re-open NSW beaches.
Desert is Opendigital photography. Shot on a Canon 600D, with a 75-200mm lens.
Jun MorookaKintsugi is a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramics, using lacquer and gold. The message behind this artwork is “Beauty of Imperfection”, where flaws and scars should be accepted and cherished, not hidden. Our body and heart can be repaired like Kintsugi ceramics, carrying on and cherishing the history.
Kintsugi Art Plate Jikuu
-Broken Plate. -Urushi Lacquer (Black and Red). -Gold powder (97% Pure Gold). -Clay powder. -Flour. -Eucalyptus turpentine. -Water.
Jessica b WatsonHome is a place where I can reflect. This drawing was developed around the idea of the sail forms of the Opera House and their juxtaposition to the glass, steel and concrete that wavers between carrying, and being carried, by the sails. They embody my home in Sydney and my connection to Sweden.
Opera House 05graphite on paper
Fraser Steffens, age 10At night when I am going to sleep I can hear the Tawny Frog Mouth hooting outside my window. This sound reminds me of home.
Tawny Frog Mouthpen and paint on paper
Kevin PaulThe image captures the reality of life in isolation after the novelty has worn off. TV is boring and the kids just want to go outside to play with their friends.
Life in Isolationphotograph, Samsung Galaxy S10
Catherine ValpianiPainted from memories of meditation gatherings in Manly. During Covid-19 isolation the meditation group has been meeting by 'Zoom'. This painting has occupied one of the frames - a reminder of our usual space and a gesture of hope that we will soon meet again in 'real life'.
Meditation in Exilecharcoal and oil paint on canvas
Lorcan Brondum, age 14This was inspired by my Dad's routine of working at home during the time of Covid-19.
Covid Routinedigital image, iPadPro Procreate
Meera Nirmalendran, age 12There are so many interesting birds in my backyard! I loved watching the birds at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. I saw kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, rosellas and cockatoos but the most interesting was an owl hiding high in a tree. It made such a scary noise at night!
Drawing Backyard Birds
colour pencils on paper to draw the owl, photographed with my colour pencils using my phone camera
Ian BurgessIn these times of lockdown and self isolating, I painted this work with the intention of lifting spirits with the bright colours and a home as a refuge to stay safe. We will eventually get out of this!
In Isolation: Wish you were Here 2acrylic on canvas
Jacob Johnstone , age 15The world has retreated into isolation. Australia is no exception. The crisis for our country began earlier than the pandemic. In the past year, Australia has been ravaged by bushfires and drought, with many losing their homes including the wildlife. As the world now contends with Covid-19, who will remember them?
Remember Us?hand-drawn using an Apple I-pad, stylus and procreate
Linda HumeMy brother's garden is a place of gathering for all our family. We are all fed by the garden in more ways than one. The painting catches the morning sun on the oranges and limes in the citrus orchard and on my brother's well worn hat while he handles the orange with respect. The black cat as always is the centre of the story. I am drawn to capturing the understated emotion around this figure in my landscape and the play of light and shade in his garden.
Black Cat's Garden in the MorningOil paint on recycled core flute election campaign poster
Fletcher Hole, age 12Trying to maintain social distance was difficult especially when you were restricted with what you where allowed to do. Mental health during that time was very important. Climbing trees was a good way of doing both, as well as getting in some strength training!
Socially Distantacrylic on canvas
Esa JaskeA photo of my living room with all the stuff I have now time to attend to...
Rosie HandleyDuring the Covid-19 isolation period, for the first time in a very long time, my whole family spent all day everyday together in our house. Sometimes it felt a little squashed and people did turn inwards; reading, on devices or daydreaming. Outside, the virus multiplied, but we were safe, filling up our house.
All the People in the House
digital illustration, using Adobe illustrator and Photoshop, collaged textures and images are artists own, botanical images are out-of-copyright State Library of NSW collection images
Michelle PerrettUsing porcelain, I make handmade sculptures of Waratahs, orchids, and smaller native flowers employing pattern to represent earthly time. I research ancient plants, and the sanctuary National Parks and reserves offer the community. This still-life diorama symbolizes imposed rest, the slowing of time, of thought, and community movement in 2020.
Memento morihand-made porcelain ceramic Waratah, still life objects and prawns.
Gilbert SchultzFamiliar walls, a window pane. An open door, a Persian carpet floor. Bright strings upon an old Guitar. Can you play? I can, I can. Cutting through air. Chords so strong, notes are clear. A white canvas whispers ‘Hey Picasso! Give me colour!’ Creative souls. No lock, no hold down.
SoloGraphite powder & Pastels on Paper. Edited on computer software.
Lucy RussellThis is a combination of views from the balcony of our unit in Dee Why where we moved to during isolation. Being someone who usually is out and about drawing, it has been an interesting time focusing on a concentrated source of inspiration and this will serve to remind me of the fortune we had to be able to get out for daily exercise (hence the trainers drying out on the balcony wall) and the time spent living in bustling Dee Why, experiencing the sights, sounds and the comings and goings of those living their lives in close proximity to ours.
2nd Floor Viewspen, coloured pencils, posca pens, watercolour and collage
George Cox, age 18'Longing' is a self-portrait depicting the bleak reality of being chained to my desk at home and yet yearning to be somewhere else.
Longingwatercolour and graphite pencil
Joao CarraroThe word "quarantine" originates from quarantena, the Venetian language form, meaning "forty days". This is due to the 40-day isolation of ships and people practised as a measure of disease prevention related to the plague. This work consists of 40 images of the same place during our COVID-19 isolation.
Quarentenaphotography, iPhone without the use of filters
Anna DimitrovI played around with the clash between postcards representing travelling and experiences, with the limitations COVID-19 has forced us to adopt- including self-isolation. I also played with the idea of 'digital' postcards, as digital communication is becoming ever-increasingly common.
Bernadette MeyersEach day I take a walk through the bush or along the beach or headland. Of all the gifts in nature, there is one I treasure above others - my daily feather-find. The longer you spend actually observing the details of a feather, the more you admire their wonder and beauty.
Kathrin LonghurstAs the world grapples with the enormous challenges of a global pandemic, we find ourselves confined to our own homes and backyards. How precious to just lie in the grass looking up at the sky - savouring the moment, appreciating the little things that make us happy and dreaming up a better future.
Backyard Dreamingoil on canvas
Ash Giddins, age 14My sports shoes are grey and dull expressing a dark and gloomy feeling of not being able to play the sport I love because of home isolation during COVID-19. The brightly coloured volleyball represents how my passion for the sport shines through this darkness. (“Block”: a defensive technique in volleyball)
drawing on white sketchbook paper, pigmented black ink fineliner, Fude brush pen, red pencil and Copic markers
Sophie Sheppard, age 18This portrait relays the utter uselessness felt during the peak of the pandemic. But it also aims to raise the question of whether it’s even worth feeling guilty of laziness when there are no responsibilities at hand.
Sloth isn’t a sin when there’s nothing to doWatercolour on paper
Alison MackayHome is not always a safe place. Domestic violence has increased during the coronavirus crisis as individuals have had to isolate with their abusers. This painting puts the familiar objects of domestic life in an ambiguous setting, evoking isolation, vulnerability and threat. We must shine light into these dark places.
Dark Places - 1800 RESPECToil paint on birch panels
Debbie MackinnonStaying at home meant lots more time in the kitchen - no eating out! So, I started drawing what I was cooking each day. The kitchen was a creative space for distraction as well as making delicious home-made soup. This one is a green soup - leek, zucchini and peas with garlic and lemon. I enjoyed the immediacy of drawing then cooking and finally eating my soup.
Homemade Soupcollage with hand painted papers, ink, gouache and oil pastel
Mamiko FujiiA reminder that every sunrise gives you a new beginning and a new ending.
Sunrisephotograph using a Canon camera
Samuel Atkinson, age 16This work is a creative piece about being locked up due to restrictions and unable to see anyone. It felt as if everyone drew back into themselves and didn't often connect to anyone else.
MadnessCanson paper, blue Bic ballpoint pen
Emily Stockwell, age 17Inspired by the blue gum forest out the back of my school, this artwork was my way of connecting to the atmosphere of this 'second' home, as it encapsulates the welcoming nature I feel as a boarder. On two separate strips, I aim to portray the oneness of nature.
Spirit of Placecharcoal and white pastel on paper
Gerry ColleyThe lockdown allowed me plenty of time to sculpt. Without a model to work from this piece was created from imagination. Whilst not a portrait of Wilhelmenia Fernandez I feel the character of my piece was heavily influenced by rewatching an old favourite movie from the 80's ' Diva '.
Leonie McIntoshIn a world full of new unexpected laws, this is a fitting image; a room full of empty chairs in Parliament House during the Health Minister's conference regarding social distancing laws.
Covid Press Conferenceoil on canvas
Tarkan Guner, age 14i drew my every night studying under moon and lamp light, while online learning was going on. using dark shades and moon highlights
Quarantine NightsApp: Auto Desk Sketchbook Method: Ipad no pen
Saxon DukeThis artwork takes me back to happy times, gazing over Palm Beach dotted with the colour of bathers being kissed by the sun, in an abstract way. Painted during isolation, it encapsulates my optimistic view of enjoying these times again and that my mood is controlled by colour.
One Swallow does not a Summer Makeacrylic and aerosol on canvas
Giann Gao, age 13When the line of the two worlds meet, the past and present, the end and the beginning... 2019, the fire started. No one expected it, but something more unexpected happened - the coronavirus. During the time I was isolating at home, I learned the role of doctor in a unusual way and that is what this artwork also shows.
The Parallel Worldswatercolour on paper
Siera Powell, age 13This Artwork is about people connecting online and that they make time for each other in this image that I have painted There are 2 people who are communicating virtually and living far apart this shows the amount of time we have spent communicating online.
Covid ConnectsAcrylic Paint, Sharpie marker
Graeme GordonIn this time of social distancing, Collaroy Cinema gives us a positive message. We are all in this together We well be back.
We well be backPhotography
Natasha StroethoffThis image represents the things we yearn for but cannot have. It represents the newfound free time people have as they leave their workplaces, despite the loss of means and opportunity to explore the world. It focuses on the discovery of new places you never knew existed from the confines of your bedroom and the anticipation for what is to come post-Covid 19.
Where the Light Shinesdigital photography, Iphone
Alyson BellFrom the very beginning of lockdown, our family had hung a sheet in the lounge room in order to watch movie projections at night. Late in the afternoon I happened to be on the other side of the sheet and saw a great opportunity as the sun setting quickly and casting a glorious light across the surface of the fabric. I asked my daughter to stand on the other side and move her hands to the music that was playing, and I filmed her shadow. The image of her hands reaching out feels like a poignant moment in time, as no one person, worldwide, knew what the future might hold. This picture is a 'still' taken from the video I took.
Reaching to the Unknowndigital media
Christina BuddenAn aerial perspective of the empty streets of suburbia depicted during the pandemic.
UtopiaAcrylic on canvas
Gemma RasdallLiving and working offshore means that I am quite accustomed to a life of solitude. Daily trips in the dinghy to and from my studio, weekly trips to the supermarket to stock up on supplies for the week... nothing really changes for a water access only artist during a pandemic. This painting documents the boat journey from Scotland Island, passed the bays (Elvina, Lovett and McCarrs Creek) to Church Point - the unofficial border to 'civilised' society.
Water Access Onlyacrylic paint, charcoal, soft pastel and Dacron sailcloth
Jade Alker, age 11My Dad asked me to paint a design on his new board and I was inspired by our recent family holiday to Heron Island.
Turtle WarriorPosco pens on surfboard
Finlay Miller, age 15When you are locked up at home, what else do you have to do but to sit down, relax and play your favourite games?
Lock Me Updry point etching
Jan Spencer4 days after restrictions were lifted, when 2 visitors were allowed, we took lunch to Trisha Dean for her birthday. Her table setting welcomed us with ceramics of her own and by Janna Ferris, Rosemary Cantwell and Robert Linigen. I documented this personal space and the items dear to Trisha.
Erskineville Table SettingOil crayon on coloured papers, torn and collaged, pasted on artboard and sealed.
Tia Sprogis, age 10While being isolated at home during Covid I found that my family and I were eating more than usual, often looking on our kitchen shelves for food to eat.
Covid KitchenWatercolour pencils/ paints, black pen
Jarrod CastaingA reflection on the everyday things we take for granted until they're gone.
Morgan Yoon, age 11I chose to paint and draw my dog Nala because she is very fond of our house and feels safe inside. She was the runt of the litter when she was born on 17/5/2019 and my family had to foster her. She likes to sleep and sit on the couch.
Home Dogcoloured pencil, watercolour on paper
Rebecca ViveashAges 12 and 9. About 3 weeks into homeschooling. The shine had well and truly worn off for everyone and the apathy had set in, hard. It was like having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time.
Gretel ShanahanI was part of a newly organised, local zoom art group and our homework one week was to do some sketching on post-it notes (something most households have around). At this time I was also in isolation at the back of our house waiting for the results from a covid test. For my entertainment I had my cup of tea, daily newspapers and computer...hence my "soli-tea" confinement.
Post-it notes, Blackwing pencil, white gauche, watercolour, cardboard post box, newspaper of the day
David K WiggsI created this artwork at Palm Beach during a huge East Coast Low earlier this year. I had shelter but it was so intense. The amount of water and wind was absolutely wild. The sea was huge and the vehicles had to negotiate the flooded road. I painted this VW driving partially submerged on the beach road among the pines and looking out to the point. I knew it was coming so I packed up and produced a number of pieces over the few days. This one was when the rain was very heavy. The fires were over. It was great.
VW and the East Coast Low -Stay at Home- Plein Airgouache and ink on paper
Luke Harper, age 12Taking a break from schooling from home on the couch with my cats, Tom and Fred.
Isolation with my Catsdigital image, Apple Pencil
Goya TorresMy studio is my home as much as the place where I sleep and eat. Is the place where my existence makes sense, specially during the last months.
The StudioAcrylic, oil, aerosol, charcoal on canvas.
Geoffrey HarveyI feel I am in my own bubble when I work on my found object sculpture. I enter a private world where conventional logic is put aside and where broken furniture can take flight, becoming a migrational bird; a world I love.
In my Own Bubble - Working from Home
photography, using a large reflective sphere which depicts my inner world at home. Birds animals are all made from found objects.
Jenny PollakIn a time of isolation and uncertainty, the paradoxical beauty of charcoal still washes up on my local beach, appearing like an ethereal mountain landscape, an incongruous and poetic metaphor for the reclamation of the land by the sea as the action of the waves undercuts and fells the trees.
The last frontierdigital photograph
Quintana Pearse, age 10During the first week of quarantine, I saw a Peregrine Falcon hunting Rainbow Lorikeets at the top of a palm tree in the back garden. We have never seen a falcon near our house before. They are so big! My whole family passed the binoculars around. It made everyone very excited and happy. Nature always made us feel better during lock down.
The Falconacrylic paint and paper
Sarah Idiare, age 13This work is supposed to encompass how the unpredictability and chaos associated with Covid-19 has created, almost like a game among society where we have to mask our emotions to suit those around us – who are uncertain of what the future entails - with a smile and reassuring words.
MasqueradeClassic Colour Faber Castell pencils, white gel pen
Leo Smith, age 12I went into this with mixed emotions about quarantine but the more I thought the more I realised how isolated and calm it can make people feel not having anyone one else and having time to reflect on yourself,
Just Me and the Cosmosdigital image, iPad pro-2018, apple pencil 1st gen, Huion smudge guard
Yvonne LangshawBeing at home in isolation has given me time to paint but I miss outdoors drawing and painting and trips to the outback. I have drawn inspiration from the many sketch books I have filled over the years and I imagine being out there.
In the Studio Dreaming of Painting in the Outbackacrylic paint on 300gms Saunders Waterford hot pressed paper
Marion SheffieldDad is happy to work out alone in the garden with his new gym set-up. Proudly built from the repurposed kids play equipment he constructed 10 year ago, he gets a mental health break and maintains fitness after a day of virtual meetings in the COVID-19 world.
Gym GardenDigital photograph
Glenn CookThis picture sums up a few things about the crisis. Firstly, that kids are amazingly resilient and positive. As long as they have their family (and even better, can go for a swim) they are able to deal with very challenging situations with beaming smiles. It also shows how very luck we all are to be riding our such challenging times in the best place on earth - the Northern Beaches of Sydney!
Swimming during the Crisis - March 2020oil on board
Kobie BoschThis painting is about being cooped up at home, sharing space with family and the odd overseas visitor (the Far Eastern curlew is native to Russia). Sometimes sticking to your surfboard is the only way to keep the peace. But there is always that one relative that hogs the bathroom!
The Beach Shack @ Billabong Boudoiracrylic and oil paints on canvas
Mira NurdiantiThe Grief series is about processing one's personal emotion while dealing with the changes and the collective anxiety surrounding the impact of Covid-19.
The GriefAcrylic, ink, watercolour graphite on wood.
Sallie PortnoyThese two figures cast in lead glass crystal explore the fragility and force of human existence. Like two pieces of a puzzle, the figures fit together in an intimate embrace depicting a contentment found in the safety of one another. The potency of these self-standing figures is only realised by the marriage of the two. That feeling when true human connection is found is further conveyed and symbolised by the warmth and glow of the light emanating from within the two tones of amber glass. The oft discussed issue that in our digital societies we lack connection and correlating well-being has escalated during Covid-19 – many feel more alone than ever. And yet, many are also slowing and connecting with renewed intimacy.The importance of this sharing and connection has been brought to the foreground of all our lives in this time of global pandemic. I seek to realise a dialogue not only between the two sculpted figures but also between artist and viewer by using organic forms and a medium to create a sculpture that appeals to shared human emotion.
Heart's Contentcast lead glass crystal
Julie NicholsonDuring isolation, I thought about memory of place and family. With restricted access to the outside landscapes of my local area, I turned to explore interior landscapes. Inside looking out to memories of the Cotswolds hills I grew up with. Memories of my family in England were invoked but present-day objects in my studio brought me into the moment.
Studio Interior and HillsAcrylic on Paper
Tamara Wang, age 14A photo to represent isolation at home. It's surreal nature, awakens the imagination of the viewer and invites them to look into the reflections and light sources captured in the sphere. Conceptually, this photo has many layers, with the bubble floating freely outside, yet the reflection of the house inside the bubble identifies the confines of that existence of 'living in a bubble'. Centred perfectly, suspended in mid- air, and crisply in focus- in contrast with the shallow depth of field, creates balance and a strong visual impact.
Life in a BubbleCanon camera, Bubbles
Richard ByrnesThis is a time of anxiety and worry. These fears and concerns often manifest at night. This sculpture is an allegory of such nocturnal visits.
Nocturnal Visitcarved wood, paint and coloured pencil surface
Kate GradwellAs an artist, I am used to working in isolation. During lockdown, I was surrounded 24-hours-a-day by my family. Although at times I felt like I was dealing with constant demands and unreasonable behaviour, the strongest emotion I felt was an immense happiness in being surrounded by my loved ones.
Everyone I Love is Hereacrylic paint on Arches watercolour paper
Mike NikotinI feel most at home in the sea. I've tried to capture that feeling of peace and tranquility with this artwork. It is inspired by the recent government restrictions courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Surf IsolationPrismacolour pencils, acrylic wash on ply
Joel McManus, age 12This is a surfer just sitting wide of everyone else and taking in the moment. Believe it or not, it was taken on one of the busiest days I have ever seen in the surf at Dee Why.
Lone Surferphotograph using GoPro hero 6
Katie Gillings, age 15As a photographer I relate to this image of going nowhere during Covid-19. Chained in place. It felt like forever.
Chained Downphotograph, iPhone 6S
Katika SchultzDuring lockdown, video conferencing became a daily duty for me. I held meetings with my gallery staff whilst university lectures and art collaborations all took to the screen as well. I became fascinated by these little windows; these pixelated views into homes and spaces and the bodies that occupied them.
Bodies in Spaceswatercolour on Fabriano paper, photographed and lettering added on Photoshop
Louise WhelanThis photo was taken on the coast of Kerry in Ireland. I stayed 4 days of my 3 week residency when I had to return home because of Covid-19. I took this photo on the wet and windy coast of Ireland, contemplating the virus that lurks in the air and on surfaces unseen. I was uncertain about the future and was thinking of the coast of Avalon.
The VirusDigital image
Diana ColeLots of time to play with paint at home!
The Painter at Homegouache and pen