Furness College sixth formers have used the Coronavirus pandemic as an inspiration for a series of artwork.

Second year A level photography students have produced a set of images for an exhibition at the Rating Lane campus.

The students were asked to use their own experience of the pandemic and create a set of images to portray how they felt during the lockdown.

Work ranged from self-portraits showing the virus’ mental health impact, disruption to routine and effect of spending time alone.

Subject leader of Art and Design Nikki Conigliaro said the students started with a talk on photographers that use disguise, camouflage, and masks.

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This theme was then transferred to the context of Covid-19.

Rona Bisset’s series of photos were entitled ‘how to fail in a global pandemic.’

The images underlined Rona’s frustration at people wearing face masks the wrong way, and wants the series to encourage a change of habit.

She said: “My idea was to show my frustration in a comedic form of photos looking at how not to wear a mask.

"Some are rather extreme, which creates that comedic side and some are simple, which you see a lot.”

Charlotte Dixon’s work portrays the mix of emotions people were feeling during the first lockdown.

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“Some felt trapped and like they were made to comply with the Government’s rules whereas others felt it brought them closer to nature and the people around them, finally allowing them to see the finer details,” she said.

Another student, Luke Smith, took clippings from newspapers and overlaid images to depict messages from the Government and media.

Nikki Conigliaro added: “It was a great way for the students to release some creative frustration when they came back to college in September and re-engage in practical work in our classroom setting.”