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‘A World Turned Topsy Turvy’: Maridulu Budyari Gumal - SPHERE CCI&KT Platform Uses Art to Communicate COVID-19 Experiences

“A world turned topsy turvy"…"A time to remember rather than to forget"…"The acid test of 21st century health systems"…These are some of the insights offered by SPHERE health leaders whose reflections about the COVID-19 crisis underpin 'Topsy Turvy. COVID – making meaning through art': an interactive, digital art exhibition facilitated by the SPHERE Consumer and Community Involvement and Knowledge Translation (CCI&KT) Strategic Platform.

The COVID-19 crisis has reconfigured how we live, work, and connect with others.  For many the pandemic has been bewildering, anxious, and difficult to talk about. Evidence shows that creative arts can offer an engaging and cathartic way to learn about, and share, these kinds of experiences.

The 'Topsy Turvy' exhibition – created through a unique collaboration with SPHERE Council members and the SPHERE CCI&KT Strategic Platform – uses art to document, share, and generate new insights into COVID-19 experiences.

To create 'Topsy Turvy', 15 SPHERE Council members shared images, songs, and reflections about interfacing with the health care system during COVID-19 in 2020. A team of artists, musicians, designers and writers, led by Dr Barbara Doran (Uber Curator at the CCI&KT Platform), translated these reflections into a breathtaking, immersive, multi-sensory digital exhibition.

Viewers are invited to explore 'Topsy Turvy' here and to contribute their own digital drawing to the exhibition to help create a virtual memorial wall to mark the surreal times in which we find ourselves.

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