Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday

From 18 June 2020

Launch the online exhibition

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Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday celebrates the recording of everyday life through the making of art. The images and objects in this exhibition capture small wonders and disappointments, intimate joys and tragedies. As diaries of personal experience, portraits of families and communities, and traces of loss, these artworks illuminate the moments that shape our individual and collective histories.

The exhibition was initially to take place in Somerset House, and Unquiet Moments was conceived in response to a chapter of Somerset House’s history as the site of the public Register of Births, Deaths, and Marriages. In its adapted, digital form, the exhibition speaks to a time in which a global pandemic has altered the rhythms of daily life for many. With works of art drawn from the Arts Council Collection and The Courtauld Gallery, Unquiet Moments calls attention to the diversity of day-to-day life as experienced across many times and places. Spanning four centuries of artistic practice, these works testify to an enduring impulse to record, reflect upon, and reimagine the everyday.