Riding the Covid-19 Wave in Brimbank was a project led by Brimbank Libraries in partnership with Creative Brimbank. The aim of the project was to capture the unique voices, stories and experiences of people within the vibrant Brimbank community.
The project was designed to demonstrate how diverse cultural groups and identities banded together, helped one another and supported each other during a time that was, for many, the most difficult time of their lives.
People who belonged to the Brimbank community, whether it be through residence, employment or education, were invited to submit their experiences in the form of images, written works and videos. This was designed to illustrate how the pandemic impacted the lives of community members and how they coped with the restrictions that brought about some life altering highs and lows. Online submissions opened on 31 August 2020 and closed on 30 November 2020.
The submissions were collated and documented to produce a virtual exhibition in the form of two art gallery displays – an adult community exhibition and a children’s community exhibition. A physical presentation of the artwork, writing and images was displayed at Sydenham Library in June 2021 for the community to appreciate and reflect on.
The submissions were then curated to publish this book, which can be viewed upon as a piece of history, created by members of the Brimbank community, for us to look back on and remember how we experienced and dealt with the year that was 2020.