In March 2020, life as we knew it came to a jolting halt. As the country went into lockdown, two things became clear: preventative action to stop the spread of COVID-19 was a little too late and no one knew how long we’d remain in lockdown. But amidst the crisis that we were all thrust into, there remained a segment of society that had to keep going, heading out to work every day to keep the country moving.
Women on The Frontlines is a celebration of the unsung heroines of the pandemic. Bringing together ten women who worked in essential industries ranging from the NHS to postal services, it explores their mental, emotional, and physical realities during this period. In what was a forlorn and traumatic time for many, these women went out every day and did their jobs – despite the risks, pressures and overwhelm. And, in the case of most of the women you’ll learn about in this exhibition, were barely acknowledged for the part they played.
It’s been four years since the first national lockdown, and COVID-19 remains one of the most significant global events of our time – The Marker of a Generation, as coined by Elizabeth Okoh, Artist and Creator of Women on the Frontlines.
This exhibition invites us to pay reverence to these women and many like them around the country – while they’re alive – who significantly contributed to society during the pandemic; and to learn from their experiences for the future.
Duration: 2 – 31 March, 2024
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: Buckle Street Studios by Locke, 21 Buckle St, London E1 8DB
Admission: Free and open to all
Sponsors: Okoh’s Boudoir and Buckle Street Studios by Locke
PANEL TALK AND GUIDED TOUR
Being a Woman on The Frontlines Panel Discussion and Guided Tour
Wednesday 6 March, 6.30 PM – 9 PM
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Creative Coach, Yasmine Patpatia, will host an interactive discussion with Margaret Davis, Embalming Practitioner, Kasia Nwansi, former ITU staff Nurse, and Natasha Watson, Bus Driver. They will discuss their career paths as modern women working in essential industries, as well as their mental health and life experiences. A guided tour of the exhibition will follow this panel discussion.
The Business of Photography Masterclass: Self-funding a Project
Wednesday 20 March, 7 PM – 8.30 PM
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In this masterclass, I will share my invaluable knowledge in growing a six-figure business to live a fulfilled life and to fund social impact projects. Topics of the day will include how to efficiently calculate your cost of doing business, creating for profit, IPS, and building business relationships and partnerships.
THE FRONTLINE WOMEN
Anila Arshad-Mehmood, Head of Student Services, Education
Esther Oghenekaro, Welfare Adviser, NHS
Hannah Carroll, Postperson, Royal Mail
Hannah Martin, Deputy Team Leader, Financial Services
Kasia Nwansi, ITU staff Nurse, NHS
Makeda Blake, Registered Nurse, NHS
Margaret Davis, Embalming Practitioner, Funeral Service
Monique Peynado, Train Driver, Transport
Natasha Watson, Bus Driver, Transport
Sheryl Ibbotson, Police Constable, Emergency Response Policing
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Photographer: Elizabeth Okoh
Set Designer: Elizabeth Okoh
Styling: Elizabeth Okoh
Hair and Makeup Designer: Aasma Rabbani
Hair and Makeup Artists: Yuliia Kuzmenko and Aasma Rabbani
BTS Photographer and Assistants: Leah Adenaike and Elsie Kibue-Ngare
Producer: Elizabeth Okoh
Curators: Rele James and Elizabeth Okoh
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