As the UK lockdown continues, we discuss the unfolding situation and the continual emotional shifts we are all experiencing. Here in Britain we are seeing some of our most well-known artists responding in different ways.
Tracy Emin wrote an online diary; David Hockney is making new paintings; and Grayson Perry is filming a new TV show designed to encourage people to make art.
We ask whether these are helpful reactions. In troubled times, what is the point of it all? Is art relevant? And is this an opportunity for us to switch from a focus on producing work for shows to a new emphasis on creativity and exploration?
In the midst of a global existential crisis as well as a health and economic one, we also discuss the importance of mental health for our physical well-being.
Make whatever you feel called to make and share your work on Instagram with the hashtag #markthistime. We will be curating and sharing images each day on Instagram
Tracey Emin – online diary https://www.instagram.com/whitecube/
David Hockney paintings https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52109901
Grayson Perry/Anthony Gormley art kit home https://firstsite.uk/art-is-where-the-home-is/
Lewis Howes podcast with Dr. Joe Dispenza https://youtu.be/RTuf7OfZ-yY
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