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Artists in Lockdown - City Lit visual artists share their stories

Story added 22nd Jul 2020

Clockwise: Frankie Giuliano, Sally Kefi, Natalie Dee, Samia Mallek


Artists in Lockdown
City Lit visual artists share their stories


From tighter bonds between classmates to working with alternative materials - hear from City Lit's artists who's creative journey's may have taken a different path during the lockdown during the COVID-19 outbreak.


  • Natalie Dee - City Lit Fine Art Year 1

    "Lockdown has brought our course closer together definitely. I have also enjoyed the freedom lockdown gave me in doing artwork. When you work alone, you tend to be less critical of your work and more free."

  • Claire Parker – City Lit Fine Art Year 1

    "My work developed into a project about relationships with everyday objects and spaces, and how these relationships become more significant during lockdown."


  • Sally Kefi - Year of the Figure and Portrait, Advanced

    "Lockdown has focused me to work more consistently on my drawing and painting.I have benefitted enormously because there have been no distractions as well as having to stay at home."

  • Frankie Giuliano - City Lit Fine Art Year 1

    "I'm working with drawing a lot more than I ever would have done and that has led to a whole raft of new ideas that I'm exploring. We kept our Zoom open all day on our Saturday classes and it's just nice to hear people tapping away or we sometimes have little chats with each other."

  • Samia Mallek – City Lit Fine Art Year 1

    "Although lockdown affected us deeply, it has given me the opportunity to reflect on my work at City Lit and try to implement what we've been learning and experimenting with.I feel more confident than ever and much more sensitive to visual Art."

  • Sandra Beidas – City Lit Fine Art Year 1

    "Our group seemed to bond very early on and the bonds have continued even since lockdown. The course is exactly what I needed to focus and develop my art practice, and I would say that the progress I have made overall is probably beyond my expectations"

  • Aurelia Duplouich – City Lit Fine Art Year 1

    "I made this series during spring 2020, at the very beginning of lockdown. I was then staying in a farm in southern France where confinement was very strict, and all I was allowed was taking short walks around the farm. And, I didn’t have a single paintbrush or drawing paper with me."