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Home Alone At Durham Town Hall

Durham Town Hall is hosting an exhibition and audio piece by artist Sharon Bailey, which highlights the real life experiences of older people living in the northeast region who are stuck at home for long periods of time, alone. 

In the living room you can hear excerpts from her diaries, read by the artist, and short sections of recordings made during her visits.  Nothing is made up and all the words come straight from them. The pictures you can see on the walls were taken in the older people’s homes and the living room has pictures and objects lent to Sharon by those she visited.

Sharon Bailey says: "As we have emerged from lockdown and tried to get back to some sort of normality, let's not forget those stuck at home, alone and lonely. 'Home Alone' now seems somewhat prophetic and this period has continued to highlight the problems in our social care system and the social and health inequalities in our communities.

My project captures the day-to-day experiences of those living alone through photographs and words; a tangible way to remember these isolated older people and their hidden lives."

Durham Town Hall, 30 September to 31 October 2020, Wednesday to Saturday 10-3pm.