The last year has been one that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives, and we want to do something special, creative, and personal to commemorate it.

To mark one year since ARC first closed, and lockdown began, we’re creating a time capsule filled with snapshots of our lives throughout this moment in history: The highs, the lows, the unforgettable and the everyday.

We’re inviting you to contribute material as a lasting record for future generations. You can submit items as an individual, with family, or even with friends from ARC.

The time capsule will be sealed inside a public spot at ARC and will be reopened in 2041. Its location will be marked with artwork created by one of our Artists of Change, Lizzie Lovejoy.

We’d like you to explore the following questions:

  • What has stood out the most to you about the past year?
  • What are you most looking forward to doing when things return to normal?
  • How was your daily life changed by the pandemic?
  • What memory of quarantining will stay with you most?
  • How did the events of this year lead you to see your community differently?
  • What hopes or advice do you have for yourself, or future generations?
  • What do you think people will have forgotten about this moment in history in the future?

You can contribute things in a physical (no bigger than A4) or digital format. Whether you choose to add your name or any personal details that may be traceable in future is up to you.

You can use these ideas for inspiration:

  • Photographs (daily life, ‘bubbles’, before / after, items too big to submit physically)
  • A letter to your future self – or to a loved one – or even an unknown reader
  • 2D artwork (drawings, paintings, collages, digital art, graphic stories)
  • Short pieces of writing (poems, daily diary entries, stories, social media posts)
  • Pieces of music (digitally recorded, music videos, sheet music, or lyrics)

Once you’ve completed your contribution you can send it to us either by post or by emailing [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is Wed 31 Mar at 10.30am.