lockdown life in pictures

5th-12th september

About/Background Information


‘Lockdown Life in Pictures’ is an exhibition focusing on the lessons we have learned over the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Artworks are from local children aged 5-11, inspired by what they have learnt during this time.


A time where the world stopped, families were separated, but also came together, pets had more attention, businesses faced jeopardy, people learnt new skills or took up a hobby or perhaps indulged too much.  Kids missed their friends and birthday parties and found new ways to entertain themselves.

With people around the world trapped inside due to coronavirus lockdowns, some have turned to art to express their feelings during this tumultuous time.

Now, The Dragon Gallery, a Contemporary Gallery in Petworth West Sussex, is encouraging school children to share their lockdown art. 

The Dragon Gallery in association with The Petworth Town Council, plans to host the artwork in a small group exhibition, consisting of 100 x A4 artworks for one week from the Saturday 5th September until Saturday 12th September 2020.


The aim of the initiative is to share a message of hope and to commemorate this extraordinary period, We are spreading optimism, showing that people can come together and create something amazing from the lessons we have learnt during this time, and what better way, than to see what our children have learnt and can express visually.

Like many towns throughout the UK, Petworth has been in commercial limbo, except for essential businesses since the UK introduced lockdown measures in late March.

The exhibition is an open invitation to primary school students, aged 5-11 around the globe to draw paint their experiences of Lockdown and what this time has meant to them

100 works will be selected to be shown in The Dragon Gallery on the top floor.  They will be displayed on social media and The Dragon Gallery/Petworth websites.

All artworks will be produced in a booklet which can be purchased from The Dragon Gallery, with all profits donated to a number of local charities, yet to be confirmed by the Petworth Town Council.

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schedule of events

  • 18th July to 18th August 5pm  - Open invitation to children between 5-11 around the globe to design and submit your artwork

  • 18th August 5pm – Submissions Close

  • 19th August to 4th September – Artwork to be chosen, book created, gallery curated

  • 5th September to12th September  - Lockdown In Pictures Exhibition

  • 19th of September - Artworks must be collected

submit your drawings

Artwork Guidelines


You must be aged between 5-11 years of age in Primary School



  • One artwork per child.  By all means create more, however, choose their best work to submit.

  • It must be on A4 120-200gsm cartridge Paper (Landscape)  The Artwork must be in pristine condition (All works will be framed in a mount and need to be looking their best as all artworks will be the same size)

  • The child must sign the artwork in pencil on the back of the artwork – (5cm in as the frame will cover the edge on both sides)

  • The artwork must come with additional information

    1. Childs full name and country

    2. Age

    3. Title of Artwork

    4. What inspired them – no more than one sentence

(Note: Name only on the back of the artwork in pencil as it will show through, please include an additional piece of paper with the details)

  • Artworks can be drawings, felts, crayons, pastels, paintings, collage or mixed media.

  • Please bear in mind these artworks will be framed.

  • All Artwork must be submitted by 5pm Tuesday the 18th August, any artwork after this time will not be accepted.       

  • Artworks can be hand delivered or by post, but must be in pristine condition if posted..

  • Please post original artworks

  • All Artworks must accompany additional details or they will not be accepted. (Please use the form submission form below)

  • This is all an open call globally as it has affected us all worldwide.

Submit your artworks to:

Amanda-Grace Pope (Mandii)


The Dragon Gallery

The Club Room, High Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AU

Ph:  017 9834 3940 A/H 0800 5999 490