In partnership with The Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Anna’s Funky Art and Three Rivers District Council, we are hosting a cross-district exhibition in Dacorum, showcasing artwork created by the community during lockdown. The exhibition
is part of Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 and showcases and promotes art and creativity as a positive way to wellbeing. The artwork will be displayed throughout August in the windows of an empty shop unit in The Marlowes Centre, next to Clinton Cards.
The exhibition is the idea of Hemel Hempstead artist, curator and mindfulness coach, Anna Schofield from Anna’s Funky Art, who currently runs wellbeing arts projects and workshops in Dacorum, Three Rivers and across Hertfordshire. During the lockdown
period Anna has been successfully running Zoom workshops from her home in Dacorum and arts on prescription courses online for Three Rivers Council, adapting quickly to new technology to support the mental wellbeing of people in the area through the
arts. She has also been delivering classes to the BBO Strive group from the South Hill Centre in Hemel Hempstead.
“I hope that the exhibition will not only showcase the wonderful work everyone has been doing during lockdown but also promote and celebrate the vital part creativity has played during the pandemic and how it can contribute and support mental health
and wellbeing at times like this,” said Anna.
The Lockdown Art Exhibition will display artwork from the BBO Strive group, the Be Creative’ arts on prescription group from Three Rivers, a Lockdown Isolation Blanket created by the ASCEND group in South Oxhey, as well as positive messages and
drawings created by pupils from Hammond Academy Primary School in Hemel Hempstead.
One BBO Strive participant said: “I’ve always liked art but I’ve never used watercolour before. It’s really nice and I’ve found it relaxing. It’s taken a lot of stress away, even for a few hours. The art class is a
nice focus on a Friday. It’s been a good way to connect with other people during lockdown and I’ve built up some Zoom friendships. You’re not just doing art, you’re chatting away.”
Councillor Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “I am delighted to support this exhibition as Member Champion for HYOC2020 in Dacorum. This exhibition shows that art plays an important part in times of need
and how creativity can support wellbeing. I hope that local residents and visitors to Dacorum who see the artwork will also take something positive away from it or feel inspired to get creative.”