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IN and OUT: My Lockdown Experience - Online gallery - Online until 22 October

Robin Dawson Yellow Notes artwork Robin Dawson, Yellow Notes, 2021

We are looking forward to opening this exhibition at Federation Estate gallery as soon as COVID restrictions allow. In the meantime, we invite you to explore the works online.

IN and OUT explores and reflects on the activities of Ringwood Art Society members as they have adapted to the challenges of recurring lockdowns and social distancing, since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This exhibition presents a collection of new works that include portraits of people, places and ways in which time has been spent. Drawing inspiration from periods of staying IN, the artists reconcile with the disappointment of program postponements and cancellations. Artists also consider imaginings and emotions as they emerge OUT from various lockdowns. 

Artists have embraced the theme with a variety of mediums from pastels, watercolours, acrylics, oils and mixed media to reveal their creative achievements.  

Kay Tobin Running Away artwork

Kay Tobin, Running Away, 2021

From the artist, Kay Tobin

The In and Out exhibition is a topic that we have all lived with for the last year and a half. It has dominated our news, our lives and our minds. We have been in and out of lockdown currently being in version 6.0. My two pastel paintings are ‘Running Away’ and ‘An hour of exercise’. The first is a feeling I am sure we have all had during lockdown. I have painted a little boy running away from home, but it could be any of us trying to flee Melbourne and achieve some of the freedoms we are used to having. Many times during lockdowns I have wanted to leave Melbourne and escape to better weather and freedom. My second piece is a couple with their dogs walking beside the Yarra. We have only been allowed to leave home for one of five reasons and exercise is one of them. This couple look happy and in love, they are outside and making the most of their limited freedom.

About The Ringwood Art Society

Starting out by meeting at the homes of members in 1966, the Ringwood Art Society has been an active community group for more than 50 years; supporting and promoting visual arts practice in Maroondah. Since 2015 their studios have been based at Maroondah Federation Estate, where they have a changing showcase of works in the Lifestyle Gallery located along the Estate’s main corridor. 

This exhibition has been supported by the Cultural Facilities Hire Subsidy Program as part of Maroondah City Council’s Covid Recovery Plan which recognises that participation in arts and cultural activity is vital to a connected and culturally vibrant community. 


Proudly supported by Art Spectrum and the Art Shop. 

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