Capturing kids’ view of Covid-19

Barking Gecko artistic director Luke Kerridge. Photo supplied.

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN and Indian artists have teamed up for a new program that connects kids to art and captures their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Local WA theatre Barking Gecko has teamed up with ThinkArts in India to create Isolate>Create>Connect, an online workshop for kids to join around the world. 

The 10 week program encourages kids between five and 17 to participate in weekly video tutorials to create small pieces of artwork, capturing their perspective on the world during COVID-19. 

Kids can digitally upload their creation to the Barking Gecko website.

“It’s will be like a time capsule,” says the company’s artistic director Luke Kerridge.

“We’re … living through a once-in-a-generation event and the aim of this project is to capture that experience through the eyes of children.”

Kerridge said the creative tasks allow kids to see the world in a different way. 

“We’re looking at video documentary; so, a day-in-the-life sort of thing,” he said. 

“As well as various forms of visual, 3D, photography, building.”

Mr Kerridge said by the end of the program Barking Gecko will have a digital scrapbook documenting these generation-defining times through children’s eyes. 

The program starts on Wednesday April 29 and children can join for free any time via the Barking Gecko Theatre website. 

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