Apsara arts promotes, shares and makes Asian arts accessible to all as means to improve quality of life within the community. We apply cultural & artistic disciplines to promote and celebrate diverse cultures and bring people together. We are a group of dedicated volunteers and artists who produce participatory projects of arts and heritage in community and educational settings.
Covid-19 was like a tsunami wave. It swept the world impacting us all. It changed the way we live and the things we do on a daily basis.
I set out to explore experiences during the first lockdown when people were confined to their homes. I heard many stories covering a range of experiences and emotions that people expressed in this period; mental health, isolation, bereavement, rediscovering hobbies, finding new interests and much more.
The interviews culminated into 24 short films giving a snapshot of participants’ personal lockdown stories.
In this blog, I’ll be focusing on three of these stories.
Natalie had lost her mum in April and had agreed to share her experience with me. We met up in Coombe gardens that she frequented during lockdown.
Bereavement affects everyone in different way and I was not sure how the interview would work out.
As it turned out, Natalie was poised and talked at length about her feelings and the stressful process of arranging a funeral. It felt like she needed to ‘let out’ all her thoughts and emotions. She was most devastated when she could not hug her own adult children to console them. She fondly talked about her mum’s excellent baking skills and her joy of ballroom dancing.
There remained many memories, stories and emotions for her to process and make sense of it all. I was very moved. My thoughts turned to all the bereaved individuals and their prolonged grief, unable to say goodbye nor participate in normal rituals.
JUNE 2, 2020
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AUGUST 11, 2020
We would like you to share your stories of your experiences and feelings during the Covid-19 lockdown. Your story will become part of Apsara Arts’ virtual exhibition that will be shared with Museum of Croydon.
Our BIG Thank you to all parents, students and our service users for staying in touch through Zoom. We look forward to welcoming you all, hopefully, soon. Stay Safe.
National award for Public engagement & learning initiated by Arts Voluntary England
Award for outstanding contribution to the culture and art in the London borough of Sutton