Words to remember 2020 by

In a year to forget, let’s leave some words to remember.
The experiences of Victorians during the coronavirus pandemic are being sought for an exhibition on the unprecedented year of 2020.
Titled 2020words, the project is looking for people’s thoughts, stories and observations – whether happy, sad, strange, surprising or funny.
It can be a moment or a memory, something that was overheard or seen, felt or thought. It can be a poem or prose, a single sentence or a single word.
The project is designed to capture this unique moment in time and also recognise the state’s frontline healthcare workers.
A selection of the best pieces will be exhibited in the new year with the aim of raising money for a tribute to the critical work performed by those on the frontline.
Votes from the public will select the exhibition’s most striking piece.
“Coronavirus has turned our world upside down,” project organiser and Castlemaine local Josh Maher said.
2020words is a way to remember this unprecedented year – the good and the bad, the profound and the mundane, the toilet-paper and the masks.
“We’ve seen so much more than the spread and impact of the virus itself. There’s been selflessness and selfishness, generosity and humour, anger and sadness, and a bit of ‘bat-shit crazy’. There’s been great leadership and regrettable decisions, sourdough bake-offs and Zoom calls.
“I hope this project creates something of a time capsule, and provides a small creative and cathartic release for us all – especially those still stuck at home.
“There’s no cost to enter and the most striking pieces will be exhibited (in person, we hope) in the new year.
“In doing so, we’ll aim to raise money for a lasting tribute to our frontline healthcare workers.”
Contributions of no more than 50 words can be sent to 2020words.contact@gmail.com, along with a short explanation of the submission and contact details.
Submissions close December 31.
Visit www.2020words.com for more information.

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