Share your wish with Storyhouse; we’ll shape it into a work of art for your home. Live In Hope is major new public-art project led by Donna Leishman (Northumbria University) working with Storyhouse. 

In a unique collaboration between Storyhouse and one of the UK’s leading visual artists, Donna Leishman will create unique works of art to brighten homes and reflect a unique moment, as we ease out of lockdown 

Donna Leishman said “Through lockdown, we have missed things, people, places and wished for more. Some of these wishes may never now come true; some may already have come to life; some are still just wishes. All of them have power and purpose. This project will provide Storyhouse’s communities a positive experience in challenging times. I wait in anticipation for all your wishes to be sent to me, and the precious responsibility of making these tangible.

 I miss… I hope … I want…

Want to get involved?

Read the project information available here then submit your wish by email to Donna using the title Live In Hope at

Write down your wish, hope and want, as you take your first steps out of this lockdown. Take time to write with care: the more honest you are about your hopes and fears, old or new, the more personal your work of art will be.  

Later in the year, we will ask whether we can share a copy of your artwork to display at Storyhouse for a short while, alongside others commissioned in this series. This anonymised exhibition will share different ways we have lived in hope through this challenging time.  

Donna will email you back, then reflect and create an original work of art just for you. She will post this to your home, for you to keep as a symbol of your wishes at this unique moment.  

Submissions open immediately and will close on 31 August. 

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