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Wakefield design studio gathers lockdown stories for COVID-19 exhibition.

News — 1 July 2020

Wakefield-based design studio, Rhubarb Design House, has launched Stories in Isolation – a new project which is gathering experiences of life during lockdown from people across the Wakefield district.

As life returns to a ‘new normal’, the project is looking to capture as many stories as possible from this unprecedented time, in a bid to paint an accurate picture of life under COVID-19.

Stories of individuality are encouraged, covering everything from new hobbies and routines to cancelled events and financial uncertainty. Highs, lows, surprises, disappointments, discoveries and everything in-between – all stories are welcome.

James Lodge, Co-Founder of Rhubarb Design House said:

“As we emerge from this extraordinary period, we’re keen to record as many experiences as possible, especially as they are likely to be forgotten in the coming months due to the easing of restrictions. It could be something that’s had a huge impact on your life during the coronavirus pandemic, or something that’s been relatively small, yet meaningful.”

A large selection of stories submitted will become part of an exhibition and limited edition book, which will tell the story of lockdown.

James continued:

“We’ve developed an idea which will see each story appearing exactly 2 metres apart from one another, reflecting the restrictions on social distancing which were present during the lockdown. The final date and venue of the exhibition are yet to be confirmed.”

The project has been made possible with funding from Wakefield Council and is part of Creative Wakefield’s 2020 Creative Challenge.

You can submit your 75 word story online at, or alternatively you can send one via post to Rhubarb Design House, The Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE

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