Saltaire Festival Lockdown Archive

We are all making history, dealing with the unique experience of Covid-19 and lockdown in our different ways. In Saltaire, we are continuing to develop the social and creative history of this vibrant place and are supporting each other by finding new routes to coming together as a community.

The Festival Board has formed a partnership with other local organisations to create a Lockdown Archive using community contributions. We would love to see how you have handled day to day life?  What are the things that have made you smile?  How has home schooling been going? What has been useful to help you deal with separation from family and friends.

The community got involved by submitting their own video/photos

The partnership commissioned two local artists to help create and curate our Lockdown archive.

Introducing the Lockdown Archive artists

Alice Withers, will launch her work on Thursday 17th September 2020

“I’m Alice and I’m new to Saltaire, I’m an artist and I’ve been working with communities in Bradford for the last three years. I moved into my new home in Saltaire on Day 1 of lockdown and it still feels like there’s a lot yet to be discovered about this place.

As an artist, I’m curious about places and people. My arts practice utilises conversation, research and design to create participatory structures and installations which activate communities.

For this commission I’ll be bringing together a large selection of video and photographic footage which reflects life during lockdown through the village’s eyes to create two distinct artworks.

As I’m new, I’m looking for you, the residents of Saltaire, to guide my journey into how lives and business have been working together, lifting spirits and overcoming new challenges during the lockdown.

I’m excited to be working with Saltaire Festival as it’s the perfect opportunity to get to know the village and for the village to get to know me. If you see me around (usually wearing something bright!) stop and say Hello!”

Karolina Haluszczak, will launch her work Wednesday 16th September 2020

My name is Karolina Haluszczak, an artist based in West Yorkshire. My links with Saltaire date back to the 1940s when members of my family were demobbed from the Polish army and came to settle in Bradford and work in Salts Mill. 

I grew up in Yorkshire and also have strong ties to my Polish heritage. The influences of both cultures have shaped who I am today. I often have a good cup of Yorkshire tea which is then followed by a bowl of beetroot soup!

I have always been creative and involved in community art work around the West Yorkshire area and sometimes further afield! I have taught in community centres in Bradford including, Neet, Hive, and the Polish School. I have created artworks for small newsletters, shops, festivals and also on a commission basis.

I feel that when I create a piece of artwork with colour and narrative it can really resonate with a person. I love to see how my artwork makes people feel and the emotions it can bring! Saltaire is a special place for me, and I love wandering through the streets and taking some inspiration from the architecture and countryside around here too.

On the launch days to see their work check out www.saltairefestival.co.uk/events

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