The Big Pause – Virtual Exhibition

The Big Pause

The Big Pause is an online exhibition of artworks created during or inspired by lockdown. The exhibition features selected entries to an Open Art Competition organised by Artful Collective and features a range of both 2D and 3D artwork.

The exhibition will be held online between 30th Sept – 19th Oct at Many of the artworks will be for sale, with 25% of all proceeds going to Hope In Depression, a UK based charity which provides support and advice for people suffering with anxiety and depression and their carers. 

For many people, creativity was an important way to express their experiences and feelings through lockdown, with many people giving art a go for the first time or revisiting a lost hobby. Many experienced the benefits of creativity as a tool for wellbeing and mindfulness. The aim of this competition and exhibition is to bring together a collection of works that reflect people’s personal experiences of this time.

The competition was judged by a panel, with 3 cash prizes donated by Test Valley Arts Foundation. The judges selected Chrissie Collins ‘Troy’ as the overall winner (£200) with Andrea Kirby’s ‘Isolation’ and Katie Cambridge’s ‘Daily Exercise’ both awarded runners up prizes (£50) A further 26 works were selected for inclusion in the exhibition.

To see the winning artworks and other selected entries visit