Tag Archive: Lockdown

  1. Oldham’s Lockdown Museum: One year in Tricia Golden

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    It is a whole year since lockdown began in the UK on 23rd March 2020. Soon afterwards, we began Oldham’s Lockdown Museum. The project asked local people to send in pictures and tell us what they were doing in a time of monumental change. Over the coming months, photographs poured in and together they create a revealing and sometimes moving snapshot of Oldham during lockdown. The Lockdown Museum tells amazing stories of how people came together to help one another, adapted their lives and businesses and found the strength to keep going in the most challenging of times.

    To mark the anniversary of lockdown, we have contacted some of the contributors and asked them to reflect on the last twelve months. Here is the latest in a series of revealing blog posts. Today we’re how the life of Tricia Golden was transformed.

    No. 8, Tricia Golden, singer, nature lover and artist

    • Thinking back to 2020… What were you doing in March, when the first lockdown started?

    I was booked to travel to Cambodia on 21 March. This was finally cancelled on 16 March. I had been to the gym for my induction but could not start my annual membership because the assistant was at home isolating. I went to performances at The Lowry and Royal Exchange on 12/13 March and had other tickets booked. After much discussion we decided that the Choral Society rehearsal on 16 March would be the last for a while. I stocked the larder.

    • What suddenly changed for you when the first lockdown started? How did you adapt?

     All social contact through groups and classes stopped. My first event to be cancelled was My Jerusalem at Oldham Library. My first use of Zoom was for a French class usually held at the teacher’s house.  I set up a weekly Friday evening Zoom for 7 single choir friends. I started a diary on 13 March, the first day I was personally affected. Supermarket shopping with rucksack once a fortnight. My car was not used for 12 weeks.

    A newly painted ‘NHS thank you’. The graphitti is on Hough Lane where the lane goes under the A627M bridge, a favourite graphitti site.’
    • What helped you through it, personally and professionally?

    Telephone and video calls and WhatsApp. Weekly Zoom socials give some structure to the week.  The daily hour’s walk got me away from the house and into the burgeoning spring countryside with my phone camera as companion. Through YouTube videos and online courses, I have discovered gel printing, collage and art journals.  Social media groups relating to these subjects has kept me connected with like-minded people. I have recorded photographic and art challenges on social media.

    A Peacock butterfly among the spring blossom of 2020.
    • What has changed between the first, second and third lockdown?

     Oldham only had 3 weeks in July when we weren’t under some sort of lockdown so it has seemed continuous. Originally I thought I would read a lot of books, declutter, sort photos etc. I didn’t. I started online pilates and Gareth Malone’s choirs and tried other online choirs in lockdown 1 but stopped them all. Now in the third National lockdown, I have slowed down, there is no pressure to get anything done. I allow myself to do very little. I even phone fewer people, I have become desocialised.

    • What, if any, have been the positives?

    Calm, time.  Weekly Zoom connection with two groups of friends. Creativity; printing cards and making Artists books, thousands of photos taken on my walks. Online tours of exhibitions and virtual audience for Radio4 shows that would not normally have been geographically possible.

    I have made books of prints from leaves, flowers and feathers foraged on my daily isolation walks which remind me of the time I have had during lockdown to notice the development of the woods and hedgerows and to be creative.
    • What are your hopes for the rest of 2021 and beyond?

     To be together with my two daughters for a delayed Christmas stocking opening. To see their new houses. To see other relatives and friends. Postponed holidays. Family celebrations.

    I hope theatres, museums, musicians and choirs survive. I hope town centres will regenerate.

    I hope Covid threat reduces to that of flu and worldwide and international travel can resume. Too much to hope for in society and inequality, worldwide, nationally and in Oldham.

  2. Light Up Lockdown

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    Horaah! It’s Half-term Holiday. Gallery Oldham, Arts Development and Oldham Libraries have got lots in store for you this February. We’re getting ready for Light Up Lockdown, a week-long celebration of creativity and light scheduled to run from Saturday 13th February to Sunday 21st February 2021.

    There are no more zoom lessons, so let’s have some fun getting creative instead!

    We’re unable to host Illuminate this year but we’re determined to bring some love and light to a long, dark and tough winter which will mark the end to our #GoCosy campaign. Why not join in? Visit our Light Up Lockdown webpage there’s something for everyone:

    We’d love you to post pictures of your creations which we’ll add to the Oldham Lockdown Museum.

    FREE Craft Materials – Light Up Lockdown Bags

    These bags have now SOLD OUT. Thanks to everyone who has reserved one.

    Light Up Lockdown bags include craft supplies and instructions to make some of our half-term activities. Our packs are FREE but are limited and bookable via Eventbrite. Collection is available from all the district libraries currently operating click and collect.

    Light Up Lockdown bags include the following :

    • Poster paints
    • Paint brush
    • Masking tape
    • Glue
    • Card
    • Split pins
    • Coloured tissue paper
    • Origami paper
    • Blue tack
    • Activity instructions
    • Story book

    We’re able to offer 300 bags via Oldham libraries. Click the library of your choice and book your bag through Eventbrite (opens in separate tab):

    • Oldham  Open Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm
    • Lees  Open Mon – Fri 10am – 2pm and Sat 10am -1pm
    • Delph  Open for Click and Collect only Tues and Thurs 2 – 5pm and Sat 10am -1pm
    • Failsworth Mon – Fri 10am–2pm and Sat 10am–1pm
    • Crompton Mon – Fri 10am–2pm and Sat 10am–1pm

    Please note that Light Up Lockdown bags will only be ready for collection from Monday 8 February.

  3. Lockdown Update

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    Following the latest Government lockdown guidance, we will be closed from Thursday 5th Nov and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

    Photo of Ollie and Millie viewing the Panorama display at Gallery Oldham.

    We had an absolute hoot over the October half term and we would like to thank everyone who has visited us since we reopened at the start of September. 

    In the meantime, stay safe and remember that we’re still here for you online! 

    Visit our website at www.galleryoldham.org.uk and follow us on our social media channels @Gallery Oldham for the most up to date information and a brilliant variety of activities and fun!