Self Portrait with Snail, June 3rd, 2020 © Trish Morrissey
We’re building a virtual Cabinet of Remedies and we’re offering you the opportunity to share your writing with our community. Through your work, you can help shape this important archive for the future.
Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve found much solace in Alain de Botton and John Armstrong’s book, Art as Therapy. They talk about how art can connect us to our inner worlds and unique needs, identifying a number of psychological frailties to which art can be an antidote. Within this framework, we are asking artists to respond to the current situation. We are using this artwork as the foundation of a dialogue between visual art and the written word.
How to Participate
Create a piece of flash fiction using Trish’s image as the prompt.
- Maximum 100 words, excluding the title
- One challenge: You must use the words “separate”, “seasonal” and “survival”.
- You are welcome to share up to five pieces
- Submit as an attachment to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- (Optional) include your social media handles and/or link to your website
- Deadline – 18:00 (BST) Thursday 3rd September 2020
- A selection will be published on our website over the next few weeks
“During the Covid-19 lockdown, my perception of time became distorted. Days dragged on while weeks seemed to fly by. Living in a remote rural setting meant I was insulated from much of the restrictions, but I found trying to work with children at home was impossible. My creative energy was diverted into the domestic sphere. Meeting my family’s needs and keeping everyone sane and well nourished became my priority. Life slowed down. This photograph Self Portrait with Snail, June 3rd, 2020 depicts my full submission, without resistance or friction to this new dynamic.” (Trish Morrissey, 2020)
- By entering your work, you agree that it can be published on our website and used to promote the Cabinet of Remedies initiative.
- You will be credited as the author of the work on our website.
- You retain the copyright over your work at all times.