Nicola Lynch

Shed a Light explores the struggles and strengths of people and communities throughout the turbulent time of COVID-19. Created independently and remotely by people during Lockdown, with the support of artist Nicola Lynch, the virtual and physical exhibition features 20 sheds that all tell a story. 

“The shed is just a shape, a vessel if you like, for people to actually visualise what’s going on for them, whether that’s a treatment, recovery, their mental health and their mental well-being, whatever that may be. For a lot of people it’s taken them to a happy place.” 

Wendy Bulmer, Changing Lives “

"I think we now have a real legacy that will document this bizarre and, dare I say it, unprecedented time. The virtual exhibition created by Art Matters Now means we will reach a potentially worldwide audience, and I think many people will be able to resonate with the concepts behind the sheds. I hope that the exhibitions will be fun, thought-provoking and lead to a greater discussion about peoples emotional wellbeing.” Nicola Lynch, Artist

To explore the interior of the Sheds, Art Matters Now have created a virtual exhibition.  This gives more detail on the concepts of each shed and the details. 

This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, in partnership with Changing Lives, Newcastle Arts Development Team and Newcastle Libraries. Shed a light is currently on display at Newcastle City Library, from the 14th to the 24th August, 10am-5pm (closed Sundays). The sheds were photographed by Sharon Bailey.