In response to COVID-19, Multistory launched Stories in Isolation, a new digital programme to support some of the local artists we have worked with and members of the Blast! Creative Network. Sixteen artists, poets, photographers and researchers at varying stages in their careers were invited to produce new work that responded to the moment, or to undertake a period of research and development. The work made during this time ranges from photographic series that capture personal experiences of lockdown, to poetry, film and dialogical projects made in collaboration with local communities.
Supporting local artists through giving them the opportunity to experiment with new digital forms of engagement and storytelling felt important to us, along with the freedom to make work that they had never before explored as part of their practice.
The artists invited to make work were: Josh Allen, Dawinder Bansal, Bhulla Beghal, Finn Byrne, Thea Brown, Emma Case, Laura Dicken, Brendan Hawthorne, Kuli Kohli, Mark Murphy, Emma Purshouse, Steve Pottinger, Naush Sabah, Catherine Turner, Herbert Walters and Richard Warren.