Secret Art of Lockdown - Online Exhibition

21 Jul 2020
Embroidered cloth by Jack Chalker

When Gunner Jack Bridger Chalker was a Far East prisoner of war (FEPOW) in Thailand, he was taught how to embroider by a sick Australian FEPOW lying next to him. Making art as a FEPOW provided a much-needed morale boost. For some it was a way of documenting their situation, for others it was a way of feeling closer to loved ones back home.

We want you!

Help create an online exhibition celebrating the power of art which has made us feel better and kept us connected to loved ones during lockdown.

We want you to send us a digital image of the work you have made while you have been unable to see your family and friends and let us know how that has made you feel closer to them. This could be through drawings, painting, crafting, sculpting, writing, photographs…

This online exhibition is inspired by our Secret Art of Survival exhibition which showcased original artworks created by British military Far East prisoners of war (FEPOW) while in captivity during the Second World War. They used their artworks to keep up their morale, make each other laugh and remember their loved ones back home. 

The last day for submissions is Monday 10 August 2020. We aim to launch Secret Art of Lockdown on Saturday 15 August 2020 to commemorate VJ Day when FEPOW were freed.

If you have any questions about the competition please email the vgm [at] liverpool [dot] ac [dot] uk (subject: Secret%20Art%20of%20Lockdown) (Visitor Services Team).

How to enter

Fill out an entry form and upload your submissions using this form