Micro commissions: Creative Communities in Quarantine

In March 2020 the UK went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2020 Activate promoted an opportunity for artists to submit their ideas for ways to engage communities through this strange - and often isolating - experience.

We were looking for creative interventions, community projects, activities for young and old to participate in and ideas to bring communities together in a creative way. We had a brilliant response to the call out and 6 artists and 4 emerging artists were selected to develop their ideas with £500 each, plus the continued support of Activate producers to bring the projects to life.

Now it's your chance to get involved with some of the projects.

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The projects from our 4 emerging artists are:

The Collective Memory Archive
Artist Isobel Jobbins is looking for local memories from residents of Sherborne. These stories will help create a booklet of walks for others to enjoy.

Flag it up Portland
Get crafting to create a 'thank you flag' for your local heroes. Sophie Fretwell's easy to follow videos will guide you through the process and if you're a Portland resident, you can submit them for a chance to feature in a display.

Our Tale
Share a line to create an epic story. Artist Rohan Gotobed will curate a story with the people of East Dorset. 

Mini Maisie's Journal
UpsideUp Theatre Company bring to life a paper character. Children aged 3-6 can join Mini Maisie on her adventures through video and downloadable activity packs.


There are many ways to get involved in the projects from our other artists:

Wildwriting! Dorset
Join Sarah Acton from Black Ven poetry on a series of 6 Wildwriting adventures - a new one will be released each week.

Going online
Millstream Theatre are looking to create more work online and require a digital artist to help them do so.

Beside the Sea
Frenetic Fox Theatre are working with four Dorset care homes to bring memories of the seaside alive for those living with dementia.

Audio Postcards
Artist Megan Dunford is working with In Jolly Good Company to create audio postcards with older people in the rural area of Wimborne St. Giles.

The Quaranteens
BACStage Youth Theatre are going online and Zooming their way through lockdown. 

Ballad of Isolation
Inspired by the BBC's Radio Ballads, Jo Tyler and James Laming invite isolated creatives to record their thoughts to help create audio visual records of these times.