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By Janet Down


The Lockdown has given us time to reflect and focus, with some of us reassessing key aspects of our lives. Now that we are living with the virus and facing uncertainty more of us are feeling confused and fearful about the future.

The pandemic has also emphasised the inequalities in our society and the need for change, with a focus on BAME communities and the Climate Emergency.

Amelia Riley

Rebecca McShane

Brenda Hird

Thoughts by Laurence Jospehson

Carol Parkes

HMP Forest Bank

In the Blink of an Eye

Corona came from nowhere
In the blink of an eye
Life goes by quicker than the blink of an eye
Life is hello, goodbye
Until we meet again
Take care my friend

Thoughts & Emotions

Corona Virus
What a difference a year makes
Circumstances have changed
The general population now have the privilege of experiencing almost the same living conditions
that prisoners suffer everyday
Maybe empathy might just work both ways?
Every life lost, staff and prisoners, is a tragedy, every illness a struggle.
Thank God for solace
I find solace in books
I just love to read, oh yes! I say with a smile on my face
Don’t think I’d cope in my cell without a book
It’s how I find peace of mind, get lost in another world while adding to my vocabulary
Books are crucial for my mental health and well-being, while juggling difficult situations, like
boredom and lockdown.
As you should know by now, time spent in a cell with nothing to do is time spent resenting the
world, the judge, police, probation
Even in your mind becoming the victim as your brain rebels against reality and society
You want someone to blame other than yourself
Can things become any worse?
Well, yes!
George Floyd’s death was catastrophic
Thank God ignorant I am not
Gay, straight, black, white, it’s all easy street to me
Not one to throw the race card in – ha!
We live in a racially divided world
We should not judge purely on what we see, but instead find ways to unite, to create the
opportunity to come together
One Love

Janet Downs

Liang Sun

From Fear to Fight 2020

I started drawing this on 24th March when the lockdown just started.

The situation was really scary that time. Even scarier when we heard one of our Salford Art Club active members, Robert died from Coronavirus, and one friend from my tennis club, Steve, was treated in Salford Royal with pneumonia.

There was bad news everywhere on social media and news channels. I started the picture  … and left it there. I used the dark background to represent the uncertainty, and used the twilight far away to represent the hope … I didn’t touch it until May when the coronavirus pandemic passed the peak in UK.

By that time, I knew that we can fight against the coronavirus with support from the NHS staff, key workers and the whole country. The spirit changed from fear to fight. Thus, I used silver and gold inks to draw a wing.

Gill Nicholas

Claire Ford

Thoughts From A Balcony in Salford in June

On a clear day you can see for tens of mile. The sky is blue, the sun shines and fluffy white
clouds linger in the air. Focus hard: you can spy the tops of the Peak District in the distance,
beyond the towers of the Manchester city skyline. Cranes at the top of the new high-rise
blocks of flats move slowly and silently. Beetham Tower stands guard at one end of
Deansgate. The Co-Op Building is small and squat at the other end. The sun feels too hot
even in early spring and the birds rejoice in it, singing their hearts out. The sound of children
playing in the neighbour’s garden floats over the fence and in the distance a dog will bark. It
is uplifting…

Read my story

Janet Downs

Phil Austin

Shelley McElvaney

Sue Westcott

Turn around
Please stay at home

Turn around
Please don’t roam.

Turn around
Let’s join a queue

Turn around
That’s what you do.

Turn around
Walk the empty street.

Turn around
Nod to everyone you meet.

Turn around
Let’s support the NHS.

Turn around
They’re working under duress

Turn around
Let’s protect the frontline

Turn around
In this unprecedented time.

Turn around
We hope it ends soon.

Turn around
Otherwise it’s back to using Zoom.

Turn around
Missing family and friends.

Turn around
Let’s wish for it to end.

Turn around
Hey Boris, send me a text.

Turn around
And tell me what the hell comes next!

EMTAS Coronaquilt Project - Imagine

As part of Refugee week 2020, Salford pupils were invited to join the EMTAS Coronaquilt
Project – Imagine by making a square image using collage, paint, drawing, photography or
text on the theme of Imagine. When things feel stuck; when the old ways of doing things
are no longer working, that’s what we need to do. In the era of Covid-19, the call to imagine
feels more important than ever. ‘To imagine’ means to picture something you can’t
currently see, a better World where we come together to support each other and the
vulnerable. To step beyond the current moment, and perceive something different. Rather
than being a flight away from reality, imagination is sometimes the best response to it – the
only way to get us somewhere new. The response was fantastic. There were 199 entries
across all age groups including 13 schools, Salford College and Salford Foyer.

View the quilt

Charlie Garner

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