Home Time – with Helen Shaddock

Lockdown has been difficult for many of us. Even those who haven’t been adversely affected by Covid-19 are missing family, friends and a sense of normality. But it can also be an opportunity to slow down and pay more attention to the place and the ways we are spending most of our time.

We were so charmed by artist and writer Helen Shaddock’s Locked in- Lockdown diaries project, that first we tried them out ourselves and then we commissioned Helen to create a template for our readers.

Home Time invites you to draw and write your day, to reflect upon the small details that make each day unique. The journal encourages us to pay attention to nature and the world around us; to think about what makes us happy and what we long for; to connect with others; and even to preserve for the future this strange moment in time. Read more about Helen’s inspiration on our blog.

The page is free to download and print. Don’t forget to share your Home Time stories with us using #HomeTime on social media.

Download your template here

diary template page

Helen Shaddock

Helen Shaddock is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her practice incorporates, video, sound, writing, installation, sculpture and performance. Shaddock uses her personal experience of mental illness to inform the work she makes.

Her work is regularly exhibited in solo & group exhibitions & is contained in a variety of public collections. She has a number of public artworks, has been commissioned to produce site specific work & has taken part in national & international residencies.

Shaddock has gained funding from a number of public and private bodies, most recently an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts award for her project ‘Voices: Within and Without’. This involved working with other voice hearers, artists, researchers, academics and Mental Health organisations to investigate auditory hallucinations, the experience of hearing voices.

Her collection of short texts, A lot can happen in fifteen minutes, was published by the independent publishing House UnStapled Press in September 2016. In October 2017 she self published Portion Control as part of REALITY CHECK, a group exhibition at The NewBridge Project : Gateshead.

Alongside her collection of diary drawings, Helen is currently writing her memoir. Her website features an archive of past and present projects, and she writes about her practice, exhibitions and other aspects of culture on her blog.