Student’s lockdown art selected for international online exhibition

Joyce Davies began studying the National Certificate in art and design at Shetland College UHI in January 2020. Whilst shielding during the Covid-19 lockdown Joyce spent her time making art and was thrilled when her screen print “Making Me Invisible” was invited to be exhibited in an online exhibition “Art Unlocked Unearthed” run by curator Jennifer Gilbert.

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The following poem accompanies “Making Me Invisible”: “Give me time to talk. Let my voice be heard. Stop here, to listen. I may just have something worthwhile to say. You rush right past me making me invisible.”

Jennifer Gilbert runs the Jennifer Lauren Gallery based in Manchester. Art Unlocked Unearthed is part of the Manchester International Festival’s Outsider Artist exhibition. She joins other successful artists from various parts of Europe, Japan, and the USA.

As one of 30 successful artists from 200 submissions, Joyce described it as a joy to see one of her prints online with the other successful exhibitors and many famous artists. 

Describing her work Joyce said: “Discovering art as a way to express myself has changed my life. It is a daily activity for me, and I now couldn't live without it.” 

Joyce began her journey with art in 2019 and as a retired consultant clinical psychologist describes it as whole new chapter in her life. Joyce is grateful to Edina Szeles and Paul Bloomer from the Shetland College UHI art department for their teaching and encouragement as well as visual arts workshop Gaada.

Joyce has an Instagram page where you can view some of her work. 

The ‘Art Unlocked Unearthed’ exhibition is still available to visit at