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Lockdown Diaries: Over & Out – School Project 2021

Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out was The Mosaic Rooms’ schools special project for 2021.

Artists Aya Haidar and Marwan Kaabour worked with three local secondary schools to explore storytelling in contemporary art. What had the past year meant to young people? Using different story telling tools, students were invited to reflect and process their lived experience of the Coronavirus pandemic. Artworks by the students are on digital display in the gallery at The Mosaic Rooms until 26 September 2021.

The project was inspired by artists who use different forms storytelling to process challenging circumstances and emotions. It drew on art works in the Fehras Publishing Practices exhibition and of contemporary artists from South West Asia and North Africa, art works that help to transport lived experience into narratives that are easier to digest and which may offer new possibilities for the future. At the end of the project students had produced a record of their stories. The student groups then came to visit the gallery and meet the artists to see the exhibition and reflect on their experience of the project.

Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out followed on from The Mosaic Rooms 2020 schools project Together Apart which worked with students under the first Covid 19 lockdown in the UK. This second project marked a different moment one year later and encouraged the young people to look back on what they wish to remember.

The project was launched live online via Zoom, week recorded videos were released on The Mosaic Rooms’ Vimeo. Other schools are invited to use the resources to teach their own students, contact Creative Learning Curator Najia Bagi for details through info@mosaicrooms.org.

Week 1 Video – Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out

Week 1 PDF

Week 2 Videos – Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out


Week 2 PDF

Week 3 Video – Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out

Week 3 PDF

Project partners

Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out project has been devised in partnership with three local schools Kensington Aldridge Academy, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School and Holland Park School, and was shaped collaboratively with teachers from those schools to make sure that the project offered perspectives and activities that are not currently covered in the school curriculum.


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