Alan Dunne
Home Truths: Covid-19 Lockdown Stories

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
'Home Truths', is a graphic short story and illustrated short film. It is based on ongoing conversations and engagements I had remotely with residents at The Croft and Hollybrook Lodge nursing homes in Dublin, Ireland. Interviewed during level 5 lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic in late 2020, prior to vaccine rollout, the residents reflect on their life experiences as they face the winter months.

How was the illustration used:
The illustrations were projected onto the facade of City Hall in the heart of Dublin. It was also published comic book, and as a short animation, using the original voice recordings of the residents.

How did you make this work:
Over a number of Zoom sessions, I engaged with the residents who reflected on their life experiences as they faced the winter months, with poignant stories brimming with humour, tragedy, and hope. I edited these accounts into a narrative and illustrated the characters and their stories in pen and ink.

Commissioner Name :
Bernie Divilly (project manager) and Leisa Gray (engagement lead)
Commissioner Company :
Dublin City Council Culture Company
Commissioned for:
Made as part of Dublin City Council Culture Company's creative engagement programme for Winter Lights, a Dublin City Council event.

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National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

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Alan is an illustrator and author, with a background in television broadcast design. He has a particular interest in heritage-based projects. He has been commissioned for publishing, national museums, postage stamp design, artist residencies, events and festivals. He writes and illustrates his own comics and is an assistant lecturer at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.