22nd – 28th March: 11am – 4pm
The Year That Never Was
A glimpse into the 2020 that might have been but never was: an exhibition which the public can interact with virtually through Zoom and social media.
‘The Year That Never Was’ – is a project exploring the alternative 2020 that would have occurred without the pandemic. What events, happenings and life-milestones would have taken place as planned? Who might still be with us and who might not? Covid-19 has been the cause of enormous heartbreak and tragedy, but it has also led to great acts of kindness, love and human decency. Everyone has lost something, but what might we have gained?
Theatre maker Stephen Beggs and visual artist Heather Wilson plan to work with a number of community groups in the run up to Imagine 2021, using a shop unit in the Connswater Shopping Centre in East Belfast as a base, finding out peoples thoughts on the questions posed above and what would their alternative 2020 have been like? The information shared will form the basis of an art installation in Connswater Shopping Centre, to mark the first anniversary of the March 2020 lockdown. The installation will take the form of a doorway into an alternative world where 2020 proceeded as planned without the pandemic. During the week of the anniversary, the public will be able to virtually interact with the installation and add to it themselves with their own thoughts and experiences via Zoom and social media. Stephen and Heather will facilitate this interaction during the week. By the end of the anniversary, we will be left with a unique record not only of the impact of Covid-19 on peoples’ lives, but of the resilience of people living with that impact.
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