Children of Salisbury - Life After Lockdown was a project that will grow in significance in years and generations to come as we reflect on how Coronavirus changed the lives of the future generation of Salisbury. It was also an opportunity to contribute to the vital charity work of The Stars Appeal Hospital Heroes and Action for Children, both of which are supporting children and their families and carers through this crisis and we raised over £5000 split between the two.
The project captured 112 children aged 14 and under, from all backgrounds and areas of Salisbury to represent Salisbury's diverse community.
The overriding theme was how families came together, embracing the simpler pleasures of life that were too easy to take for granted. Uplifting tales of closer relationships, overcoming anxieties and discovering passions. These children embraced nature, the environment, baking, exercise and used those positives to overcome anxieties, forge closer relationships and set themselves challenges.
The final book was published in December 2020 and is a collection of the images and the stories of each child's experience. It is a body of portraits that document a generation of children in the wake of this unprecedented event in their lives, and how the effect of lockdown has shaped their view on what is important to them and potentially how they live their future lives.
How it worked
Each family was asked to donate at least £45 to the charities being supported by this venture - The Stars Appeal Hospital Heroes and Action For Children. This donation went direct to the charities via Virgin Moneygiving and covered the shoot and inclusion into the book. Each family received a digital copy of the image(s) used in the book.
These unprecedented times caused severe economic pressure on many people. Some of the families involved in the project very generously made extra donations to enable those experiencing acute financial hardship to be part of the project, as it was important that this should be a diverse and inclusive representation of children from all backgrounds living in Salisbury, not just those who could afford it. These extra donations enabled many children to participate and one generous donor gifted not just a whole shoot but also one of the books to one such family.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This project explored how the slower pace of lockdown may in some small part have shaped the course of their future for the better...
Explore some of the images and stories of the children involved in the project (names and ages have been removed for privacy).