LGBTQ+ students get creative while reflecting on their lockdown experiences

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To view throughout the month of February: LGBTQ+ In Lockdown Exhibition in Keynes Atrium

For millions of people across the UK, and the world, the Covid-19 lockdowns were a turbulent, emotional and difficult time that placed intense pressure on an individuals’ mental health. Many are still living, and struggling, with the after effects.

This exhibition showcases the creative talents of LGBTQ+ students at the University of Kent as they reflect on their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic, and in particular the lockdowns throughout 2020 and into 2021. For LGBTQ+ students, alongside the pressure of trying to juggle studies, work and the anxiety caused by the global pandemic, there was the additional pressure of being away from their University support networks, potentially being forced to live in a hostile environment, or having to pause or further delay treatment or medical processes for an unknown period of time. For many, lockdown was incredibly traumatic.

For other members of the community, the lockdowns represented an opportunity for deep self-reflection and discovery; a chance to explore their identities.

This collection of art and poetry especially commissioned from over 20 student artists from the Rainbow Community reflects the diverse range of feelings and experiences that are reflective of our wider community, both at Kent and beyond and offers an window into the different meanings that the word ‘lockdown’ had for students.

The artists were encouraged to reflect upon what lockdown meant for them as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, both the positives and the negatives. For some, lockdown was an experience that they hoped would never be repeated. For others, it was a period of contemplation and enlightenment. For many, it was both.


Student Support and Wellbeing will be offering a special wellbeing workshop focused on building resilience for student members of the Rainbow Community particularly in light of the challenges faced in light of Covid-19. You can book your place via Target Connect.  In addition, further support is available via Student Support and Wellbeing. This includes mental health support, counselling and peer support groups as well as workshops. For further support resources please see the LGBTQ+ section of the University Self-help Guide.

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