Life Under Lockdown publication to celebrate Hackney’s creativity under one year of lockdown

A new publication celebrating the artistic creativity of the borough’s residents will be published by Hackney Council later this year to mark one year since the first coronavirus lockdown.

Contributions to Life Under Lockdown – which started as an online exhibition space last summer to showcase artists’ reflections on the pandemic and find new talent – will be published in a book this summer. 

A panel of curators will select highlights – from photography and painting; pottery to poetry – for the publication, which will ensure creative reflections on a year like no other are captured permanently. 


“Hackney has had an incredibly tough year, with many of our residents grieving lost loved ones or facing financial challenges. 

“But through adversity, it’s been inspiring to see our borough’s creative talents come to the fore – and it’s important we celebrate and permanently bring these together. 

“I’m delighted to announce today that we’re doing just that – and I can’t wait to see what our panel picks for publication this summer.”

Polly Cziok, Strategic Director, Engagement, Culture and Organisational Development

Existing contributions to Life Under Lockdown can be viewed on the Love Hackney website. More information will be available on the publication in the coming months.