Visual Arts Australia/Northern Territory
Helen Orr & Elise Derwin


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See a slice of everyday life in the time of COVID-19 lockdown in this stunning photographic exhibition from Elise Derwin and Helen Orr.

When COVID-19 restrictions suddenly came into effect in March, photographers Elise Derwin and Helen Orr found themselves immediately without work and, like many others, staring down the barrel of a grim looking 2020. In the face of the barrage of stories of death tolls, rising unemployment figures, supermarket desperation, uncertainty and the tragic side of the human spirit, the pair felt there was another side of the story to be told.

Over three months capturing Still Life in Lockdown Elise and Helen saw many moments of inspiration and community spirit as people creatively adapted their businesses to keep their doors open and sporting groups, clubs and classes went online to stay connected with their communities. Families got out their hula hoops, made bread, planted gardens, home schooled, slowed down and spent more time together.

From different parts of the country (Elise in Lismore and Helen in Darwin) the pair captured the lives of people living through this pandemic in self-isolation or under COVID-19 restrictions – from a safe 1.5m distance! Still Life in Lockdown features strangers, friends, neighbours and businesses in everyday moments documenting this difficult and strange time in history through the lens of hope and humanity. See it at Festival Park on the City of Darwin council forecourt.

  • Featured image Helen Orr

  • Additional image Elise Derwin

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