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#LettersOfConstraint

‘Letters of Constraint’ will offer a glimpse of mass societal constraint told through individual experiences of isolation.

An open letter from Andrea-Hadley Johnson, our Artistic Programme Manager at the National Justice Museum:

“A heartfelt thank you to everyone who offered a letter to #LettersOfConstraint, sharing your unique experiences of constraint during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Your letters will join the museums existing collection of letters and will provide a snapshot of life from many perspectives within an historically significant time. With our writer in residence Dr Martin Glynn and V21 Artspace, the letters will shape an audio artwork and digital book which will be added to the ‘Constraint Restraint’ virtual exhibition (see below.) We hope that the act of writing has provided space for reflection and that the shared letters will encourage connection, empathy and solidarity.”

How will the letters be used?

•All letters will be presented in the ‘Constraint Restraint’ virtual gallery https://v21artspace.com/constraint-restraint and be kept safely in the National Justice Museum collection
•Some letters will be added to an audio artwork by Dr Martin Glynn in the ‘Constraint Restraint’ virtual gallery
•All letters will be made available for future research, your personal insights will provide a useful archive of social experience within a specific and historically significant time period.
•Extracts of some letters will be shared on social media anonymously with the tag #LettersOfConstraint
•Some letters will shape creative activity and future exhibitions alongside the museums existing archive of letters.

Watch this space for updates on the project.

We are now asking the public to share in these stories, by making a film of themselves reading a letter. Volunteers have been sent a random letter, to read however they wish. This sharing of words between strangers has been a powerful act of solidarity and empathy. 

The films can all be seen on our YouTube channel here.

Constraint/Restraint virtual exhibition: