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Collective Isolation Project, week 15: Lockdown content

Pencil sketch of a woman laying down reading
31 July 2020

Right now, many of us are spending the better part of our days at home and are valiantly seeking a way out – through our minds, our senses and our imaginations.

We want to escape Stage 3 restrictions, 24-hour news cycles, boredom, childcare, overwork, anxiety or simply the long Victorian winter!

Whether your preferred content amplifies the outside world or diverts you from it, we'd love to know what's got your attention.

This week, tell us about the books you're reading and sites you're bookmarking, the shows you're binge-watching and music playlists you're creating, the podcasts you're queueing and online festivals you're attending.

Share your response at our Facebook Memory Bank group and tag us with #SLVMemoryBank.

About this image

This pencil sketch of a woman lying reading a book was made between 1931 and 1943 by Jack Maughan. 

Maughan was a painter, graphic designer, cartoonist, theatrical designer and producer. After moving to Melbourne from regional NSW as a young man, he enlisted and served at Gallipoli. This experience turned him into an anti-war activist, while depictions of the horrors of war by German Expressionist artists Otto Dix and George Grosz inspired him to take up drawing.

In 1931, alongside painter Noel Counihan, Maughan co-founded the Workers' Art Club in Melbourne and also contributed cartoons and illustrations to labor publications. Following the demise of the Workers' Art Club in 1935, Maughan's social activism was funnelled through his plays and stage design for the New Theatre.

The Library holds a collection of Maughan's sketches, cartoons and paintings as well as his papers of poems, plays, newspaper clippings and theatre programs relating to the Workers' Art Club and the New Theatre.

How to respond

Please feel welcome to respond as creatively or literally as you wish.

If you contribute, we may contact you to discuss collecting and using your images, stories, objects and experiences. We may not be able to accept everything, but we will endeavour to do so! With your permission, your contributions may be added to the State Collection or used in future Library programs.

About The Collective Isolation Project

The Collective Isolation Project aims to cement this current moment in history, and is our inaugural Memory Bank campaign.

Find out more about Memory Bank, including details about how to contribute each week.

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