Through My Window
A project to support women experiencing isolation throughout lockdown
In March 2020 we had to cancel all performances, classes, and workshops due to the pandemic, but it was important to us that we remain connected with our participants
We have a long history of working with women’s groups in the community, including our regular creative workshops at residential centres for women experiencing homelessness (Chara Centre and Elder Street). Many of the women are digitally excluded and experience poor physical and mental health, poverty, and loneliness. Coronavirus brought this into sharp focus and challenged many of their existing coping mechanisms.
Over the past year Elly and Carly from the Learning Team have encountered many wonderful women across Glasgow in windows and doorways. They made socially distanced home visits, talking through open windows and catching up in gardens, and dropped off food and small gifts. The women were also given creative care boxes, full of tasks and thought-provoking questions encouraging them to share their experiences of lockdown through writing, photography and other artforms.
Over the first lockdown and into Summer 2020 we amassed a series of recordings, photos and written work which responded to lockdown and feelings of isolation, coupled with moments of joy and creative connection.
The project has evolved as the COVID crisis has continued. Most recently, the women created their own lockdown anthem ‘Just Imagine…’. Find out more about this collaborative, songwriting project here.