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Together Apart: Life in Lockdown Exhibition

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While lockdowns are an all-too-familiar way of life for many across Australia, a neighbourly conversation over the back fence by two Hobsons Bay locals to break the solitude of lockdown has turned into a creative photographic exhibition, 'Together Apart'.

Hobsons Bay Council is proud to present '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.

life in lockdown Belinda jackson, Jude van Daalen
'Together Apart – Life in Lockdown' is a collation of stories and photographs of 60 people in their neighbourhood during Melbourne's first lockdown into a limited-edition book.

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

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

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.

"The Make it Happen Grants are all about helping people reconnect to each other and that is exactly what this exhibition does. Learning how our friends and neighbours spent the lockdowns of 2020 helps us process our own experiences and will hopefully help us feel less isolated in the event of future lockdowns," said Mayor Jonathon Marsden.

"Throughout this pandemic we've heard so many heart-warming stories of residents making an effort to connect to each other whilst staying physically apart. This exhibition is a perfect demonstration of the resilience and generosity which helped – and will continue to help – our community thrive through times of adversity," he adds.

"Like so many others, I felt more isolated than I'd ever felt before. I needed connection, and taking these photographs was a way to reach into our community and bring people together," says photographer Jude van Daalen, who started documenting life in isolation in Melbourne's first lockdown, in March 2020.

"These stories create a time capsule of this extraordinary period in our lives," says journalist Belinda Jackson. "Told to us in the midst of the pandemic, they are raw and emotional, without the colouring of hindsight."

Belinda Jackson and Jude van Daalen will give a free author's talk at Williamstown Library on Tuesday 3 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

For more information on the project and book, visit

Meet the authors: Photographer Jude van Daalen and editor Belinda Jackson join us to talk about capturing Melbourne's lockdown in 'Together Apart: Life in Lockdown'

Tuesday 3 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Williamstown Library. Bookings required.
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Why? A book born over a back fence
When: Now until Aug 30.
Where: Williamstown Library and Altona Civic Centre
Cost: Free (book available for purchase)
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I can't make the exhibition but I'm definitely interested in the book. Thanks for the article.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9025) 64 days ago
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