intu Potteries is calling for local creatives to submit the best images that they captured, or artwork and poetry that was created during lockdown to form part of a new Lockdown Gallery that will be installed in the centre.

Aiming to spread positivity and capture the lives of the local community over the last few challenging months, intu Potteries is offering individuals of all ages the chance to have their lockdown-themed photographs, art creations and words on display throughout the summer.

Lockdown Gallery hopes to reflect the kindness, bravery, hope, humour and beauty Stoke-on-Trent residents have experienced, as well as celebrate local key workers who have kept the region going throughout the crisis. The centre is seeking images that fit within three themes – socially distanced reunions, local heroes and Stoke-on-Trent under Lockdown, as well as looking for artwork such as colourful rainbows produced by locals of all ages during lockdown, and poetry inspired by the pandemic.

Amy Dibble, marketing manager at intu Potteries, said: “We hope that our Lockdown Gallery will showcase some of the incredible experiences that the local community has gone through over the last few months. The selected photographs, artwork and poems will be printed and displayed in a dedicated gallery space that will hopefully put a smile on the faces of our visitors, local residents and the wider community. So, if you’ve taken a picture during lockdown that fits within one of our three themes, produced a piece of inspiring art, or even written a piece of powerful poetry over the last few months, we’d love for you to get in touch.”

For more information, please visit www.intu.co.uk/potteries/events/lockdown-art-gallery. To share your lockdown creations for consideration in our Lockdown Gallery, please contact intuPotteries@rewiredpr.com. Image entries should be submitted in high resolution digital file format and poetry submissions via email by 5pm on Thursday 23rd July.

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