Mandy Dixon, Nethanja De Leeuw-Kent, Beth Johnson and Claire Harrison (left to right) have set up the exhibition.

Coronavirus has had a devastating effect on the arts sector, but a group of four Teesside artists have organised an art exhibition called ‘Unlocked in Lockdown’, showcasing work created during the pandemic.

The group, known as Wild Vision Collective, aimed to give both professional and amateur artists the chance to promote their work.

It features paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures from 25 local artists.

The exhibition was set to open its doors in November, but had to be postponed due to the national lockdown.

It will now open to the public on Tuesday December 8 from  10am-4pm at Wild Vision – The Gallery in Stockton.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the art on display.

TUXtra spoke to Claire Harrison from Wild Vision Collective about the exhibition.

She said: “We felt that our first project should be a response to the pandemic.”

“Having noticed the way artists have had to adapt to lockdown conditions with the closure of studio spaces and cancellation of exhibitions, we thought it would be really interesting to see how artists had adapted to these changes.

“Art is a constantly shifting and changing landscape and artists are naturally flexible and able to find creative solutions when circumstances are against them.

“In fact, some of the most exciting movements in art have come out of the most challenging times in history.

“We wanted to have an exhibition of local people, bringing together professional and amateur artists in our local town of Stockton to bring a sense of hope and joy in a time of crisis.”

The contemporary installation features a wide range of work.

Wild Vision Collective is happy to play their part in bringing a bit of joy back to the high street amid the struggles of the pandemic.

Claire said: “The arts have been under significant threat during the pandemic.”

“Art galleries have had to remain closed for long periods of time and staff have lost their jobs. Artists have lost income and are not able to show their work in galleries.

“Also, we are sad to see how many high street shops are sitting empty so it’s great to be able to fill one with something positive and hopeful and be able to promote artists’ work.”

Wild Vision Collective is also planning to bring something to the community, with art workshops coming to the gallery and online exhibitions.

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