Local creatives shine spotlight on life in lockdown


Council is proud to support the work of Jude van Daalen and Belinda Jackson in ‘Together Apart: Life in Lockdown’, an exhibition of photos and stories documenting the experience of Hobsons Bay residents during Melbourne’s first COVID-19 lockdown.

‘Together Apart – Life in Lockdown’ began as a neighbourly conversation over the back fence by two Altona locals to break the solitude of lockdown.

Portrait photographer Jude van Daalen and journalist Belinda Jackson collated the stories and photographs of 60 people in their neighbourhood during Melbourne’s first lockdown into a limited-edition book.

A selection of images and interviews from the book, representing the voices of people of different ages and backgrounds, will be on display at the Williamstown Library until Tuesday 17 August and at the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre from Monday 2 August to Monday 30 August.

In addition, flags featuring images from the exhibition will be flown at various locations in Altona.

This free exhibition is supported by Hobsons Bay City Council through its ‘Make it Happen’ Grants program which promotes community-led initiatives to help residents recover and reconnect after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Belinda Jackson and Jude van Daalen will give a free author’s talk at Williamstown Library on Tuesday 3 August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The event is free but bookings are required. Visit libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/library-events/1267-together-apart-life-in-lockdown to book.

The exhibition and author talk will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

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