Historic England asks people in the South West to share their experience of coronavirus lockdown

Historic England is calling on people across the South West to share images that document their experience of seven days in “lockdown”.

Ten contemporary artists, including Bristol's Malaika Kegode, have also been chosen to produce special images over one week.

From rainbows in windows to star jumps on balconies, the public heritage organisation is asking people to share images that show how we are all facing the challenges of lockdown, self-isolation and social distancing.

The #PicturingLockdown project will create a ''time capsule for the future''. Credit: Paul Marks

The aim of the #PicturingLockdown project is to create a time capsule for the future during what Historic England calls ''this extraordinary moment in history''.

Images can be shared on social media using #PicturingLockdown or via the Historic England website. The project is running for one week from Wednesday 29 April to Tuesday 5 May.

We are facing one of the most extraordinary moments in living memory. During this time of necessary lockdown restrictions, we are asking the public and some of our most talented contemporary artists to help us record history, whilst being careful to abide by the Government’s social distancing measures.

Claudia Kenyatta, Head of Regions at Historic England
The 50 most evocative images will become part of the Historic England Archive. Credit: ITV News

One hundred of the images submitted by the public and artists will be chosen to enter the Historic England Archive.

Of the submissions from the public, the 50 most evocative, informative and inspiring images will combine with 50 works from ten contemporary artists into a special collection. These will be made freely accessible online.

This is the first time since the Second World War that the public have been asked to capture a moment in time and save it in the Historic England Archive of over 12 million photographs.

Malaika Kegode is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Bristol. Credit: Malaika Kegode

Bristol based multi-disciplinary artist Malaika Kegode is one of ten contemporary artists asked to take part in the project.

Malaika’s work explores how we can find beauty and hope through the darkness. Her work is currently displayed on the exterior of the Arnolfini, Bristol's International Centre for Contemporary Arts.

In 2018, Malaika was included in the The BME Power List, celebrating Bristol’s 100 most influential black & minority ethnic people.