Covid Art Call |Vale|Tale

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Well, rain stopped play on the great Garden Lockdown revamp this wet weekend, so I promptly put down the paint brushes, picked up the proverbial pen.

And cordially responded to our Council’s call for local artists to showcase their work for a lovely Lockdown Exhibition set for the Summer.

I swiftly submitted my rather playful prose Let’s Stick Together, looking at how our terrific, but turbulent, town came together in the queer quarantine we all found, and still sort of, find ourselves stuck in.

I initially wrote the piece for the latest edition of the brilliant Barry Magazine, and then included as the latest Blog in my much-read, and much loved, Corona Virus Diaries.

Others lyrical waxings about these crazy Covid times include; Barry Lockdown Blues, Virtual Culture Vulture, Lockdown Lingo Laugh, Stay Strong Barry, Be Kind Barry, The New Normal, Stay Safe Barry, and Barry Goes Bonkers.

I love writing with a passion, and am absolutely chuffed actually, that myself, and all those other talented Barry, and beyond, artists are now being offered the chance showcase our work in a virtual exhibition.

For once, I agree with the Vale Council – I know stands back in amazement.

But truth be told, we all know the arts have played a key role during this time of social distancing and isolation. They have allowed us to connect, communicate, entertain, educate and inform – but most of all, they have kept our neigbourhoods close and cohesive.

But don’t forget my fellow creatives in our cracking connected community, it’s not all about the Blogs.

Our Arts Central Friends want: visual, performance, written, and any other creative media – a painting, drawing, a song, sculpture, film, photograph, musical performance, dance or mural.

Feel free to submit one piece that you have either made, are currently making, or plan to make, during the long Lockdown.  Participants can use any source of materials and mediums for their creation.

All the accepted work will be displayed virtually, for first, and then. as we move into the ‘new normal,’ perhaps a real-life exhibition experience can be seen.

Now is your time to shine my fellow arts friends.

Please just click on this link for how to showcase your stuff, what rules and regs apply, and what happens next.

And don’t forget to spread the word too. As there are so many artist, singers, writers, painters, poets and much much more out there in our talented town, it would be a shame not too.

I’ve just had a quite bright thought too – brace yourselves as that doesn’t happen that often these days with my quarantine head in the shed.

If you are living thr LGBTQ life in the Vale, then why not also send your submitted entry to LGBTQymru, who are hosting the first ever Wales Wide Virtual Pride on July 24 and 25 – and are also looking for just the same sort of stuff.

Please click here to find out about this exciting event, its ethos, its ambition – and how you could make the most of this of this queer quarantine, and get involved.

Show Your Pride – in our town, and in our communities.

Good Luck.

Speak soon.


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Arts Isolation Call is the latest chapter in Mrs SVJ’s Corona Virus Diaries. Click on Lockdown Love Lost, Let’s Stick Together, Virtual Culture Vulture, Lockdown Lingo Laugh, Stay Strong Barry, Be Kind Barry, Barry Lockdown Blues, The New Normal, Stay Safe Barry, and Barry Goes Bonkers, to read more about our town’s tales on these crazy Covid times.

Let’s Stick Together was written exclusively for Barry Magazine, and published on June 7th 2020. You can read the full fabulous edition here.

Other Lockdown related content written by Mrs SVJ includes her response to the George Floyd killing and how our Barry Is Beautiful town stood in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement to Speak Up against racism.

And how we, Still Proud in Barry and beyond, have kept our LGBTQ+ community connected in these isolated queer quarantine times. Mrs SVJ is part of LGBTQymru, a collective of respected, passionate activists and allies bringing our country the first-ever Wales Wide Virtual Pride in July 2020.


Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.

One of Wales Arts Review 100 Women Writers of Wales, the dedicated community supporter, passionate arts lover, and award-winning queer activist, will keep you “informed, entertained and inspired.”

Mrs SVJ, Barry’s Boldest Blogger, can be contacted here.