The Babylon Gallery celebrates the community's creativity in an exhibition that brings together the projects: Comic Book Windows; Together In Isolation; portraits from key workers in Regina Ray's Chapter In Our Lives; clay models made by local residents as part of Somewhere in Ely and The Library Presents' Digital Quarantine Quilt.
During the course of lockdown we invited the community to get involved in various projects that enabled people of all ages to get creative in their homes and take part in activities that led to exhibitions both online and in the windows of Babylon Gallery.
The Together in Isolation Project invited people to create postcards that depicted something meaningful to them during lockdown and send them into us for display. We received well over 100 postcards, and our Young Curators Olu and Sid have selected 60 for framing and sale at the exhibition. Proceeds from the sale will go towards Babylon ARTS' charitable work.
The Comic Book Windows project was led by East Cambridgeshire Manga Artist Irina Richards and enabled people to colour-in her illustrations for display in the Babylon Gallery windows. People were also invited to submit poetry, with two winning submissions being selected to become comic book illustrations created by Irina.
Chapter in Our Lives is a project by Newmarket photographer Regina Ray, who has captured the portraits and stories of ten key workers in West Suffolk, as they grappled with living in and working through the lockdown period. This project was supported through the Creative People and Places; MarketPlace programme.
Somewhere in Ely is a project led by artist Amy Wormald that asked the Ely community to get involved with choosing and making art. Following a public vote ceramic artist Louise Beale was chosen as 1 of 3 commissions. Louise invited residents of all ages to join her by make clay models about Ely which will be displayed together as a large installation in the gallery during this exhibition.
If you can't make it to the exhibition, you can now watch a sneak peak of the exhibition here.
Image: Postcard is 'Keep Together and Hold Hands' by Marianna Kay, age 8