During the first lockdown in 2020, we teamed up with Northampton Community Foundation to launch a project to reach out to our community at an unprecedented time.

Core Calls was set up to ensure that people in the community facing loneliness and isolation or who were without access to broadband or hardware, still had access to a friendly voice to chat about the day, their concerns and fears and indeed hopes and aspirations during lockdown.

We commissioned some brilliant artists to have these conversations and then create work in response to them.

We’d like to invite you to enjoy their work below.

Rosie May

Rosie May (@ruza.may on Instagram) is a Freelance Illustrator currently based in Northampton. Her personal practice largely focuses on the commonplace aspects of our everyday experience, a theme which has continued to resonate with her since her final year at Winchester School of Art. Channeling childlike wonder into a naive visual style, Rosie uses illustration as a vehicle to challenge us to relish life equally in its most ordinary moments as we do at its most dynamic.

Find Rosie May’s Core Calls Artwork below:


4pm Walking

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Dinner’s Ready


Getting Back To Books

Love letters for web

Love Letters

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Near Future


Picnic Pals


Watching The Cats

Phiona Richards

Phiona Richards is a local socially engaged artist and contemporary crafter. Her artist practice combines a love of books an equal love of stitch, both of which were important to her as a child and now inform her many creative adventures. She is happiest when she is sharing her skills with the local community. www.rarenotions.co.uk 

Click below to watch Phiona’s ‘crankie’ (moving panorama):


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Tim Casson

Tim Casson is a Lincolnshire based dancer, choreographer and teacher who creates #PeoplePoweredPerformance: accessible, interactive and joyful dance projects that start with a conversation. With his company Casson & Friends he creates projects and performances for many different locations, from theatres to hospitals, and with many different people, from computer programmers to psychologists. The company most often collaborates with the public – inviting people to get involved with dance in creative and exciting new ways. cassonandfriends.com

Click below to watch Casson & Friends’ touching dance project in response to the conversations they had.


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