Summary

Isol-Aid online music festival poster design 'Together on our own! A socially (media-) distanced music festival' by artist and graphic designer Sebastian White, featuring a package of toilet paper rendered in light blue with red text. This design directly references panic buying and subsequent grocery shortages in Victoria which emerged at the beginning of the pandemic and Stay at Home Public Health Orders.

Physical Description

Colour digital poster.

Significance

The Isol-Aid poster collection is a visual representation of innovative music festival Isol-Aid, founded and based in Melbourne in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolded in 2020, and its impact on the local music community. These posters provide a rich historical document of contemporary practicing performing artists, many of whom are Victorian based, at this moment in time. The designs also include visual representations of items related to daily life during pandemic restrictions. From an artistic perspective, the designs are highly effective, vibrant and meaningful composition, carring rich potential for interpretaion now, and into the future.

Artist Sebastian White has developed a recognisable visual style for the festival, drawing on a nostalgic packaging design aesthetic, which is evident across the vast array of posters created through 2020. White's designs respond to the impact of the pandemic on daily life with poignancy and humour, creating a new topical visual concept each week. Designs have included references to panic buying, essential grocery items, take away food, sanitisation products, home hair dye, parcel delivery, colouring in, gardening, home exercise, jigsaws, mask wearing and Victoria's Stage 4 restrictions on movement.

Isol-Aid Festival founder, director and programmer Emily Ulman, is a musician, educator, festival curator and music booker, based in Melbourne. The festival was conceived in response to the impact of pandemic restrictions on the Australian music community. The cancelling of events and closure of music venues due to social distancing requirements implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, had a devastating financial and social impact on the Victorian music community. Performing artists and music workers lost income and career opportunties through the cancellation of performance bookings, national and international tours, recording studio bookings and residencies.

The festival arose initially to raise funds for Support Act, "Australia's only not-for-profit organisation to provide relief for musicians and music industry workers facing physical or mental health issues, or financial hardship", and to connect artists and audiences through an online performance experience.

Melbourne is recognised as the live music capital of the world (ABC: Melbourne Live Music Census 2017), and the local music community is valued for the significant cultural, social and economic contribution it makes to the state of Victoria. These posters, as respresentations of the festival, are an expression of the music community's response to issues affecting the livelihood and mental health of artists during the pandemic.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    COVID-19 Pandemic Collection 2020

  • Collecting Areas

    Social Spaces & Youth, Leisure, Cultural Diversity, Medicine & Health, Home & Community

  • Director

    Emily Ulman - Isol-Aid Music Festival, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2020

  • Inscriptions

    Page one: 'The Australian Music Community presents / Isol-Aid! An Instagram Live Music Festival / Sat & Sun March 21-22 / LIVE MUSIC DONATION / ANGIE MCMAHON / STELLA DONNELLY / JULIA JACKLIN / AINSLIE WILLS / ROMY (RVG) / SPACEY JANE / HAYLEY MARY / YOURS TRULEY / CLEWS / MOANING LISA / ALICE SKYE / RAT! HAMMOCK / ELIZA & THE DELUSIONALS / CLEA / ELIZABETH / HARVEY SUTHERLAND / MERPIRE / DIDIRRI / AND MANY MORE!! / SUPPORT AUSSIE MUSIC! FEATURING 74 ARTISTS!! SEE BACK FOR MORE! ' Signed bottom right: 'Sebi' Page Two: 'Together on our own! a socially (media-) distanced music festival / CHECK OUT THE ARTISTS BELOW BY TUNING INTO THEIR INSTAGRAM PAGES AR THE TIMES GIVEN! / Saturday March 21 12:00 WELCOME! @MILLYLALA & @MERPIRE MUSIC / 12:05 JEREMY NEAL @JEREMY_NEALE / 12.20 FEELDS @FEELDSMUSIC / 12:40 FOREVER SON @FOREVER_SON / 13:00 HANNAH CAMERON @HANNAHCAMERONMUSIC / 13:20 SLOWCOACHING @SLOWCOACHING / 13:40 TAYLAH CARROL @TAYLAHCARROLMUSIC / 14:00 MEIWA @MEIWA MUSIC / 14:20 ALEXANDER BIGGS @BIGGSALEXANDER / 14:40 RUBY GILL @RUBYMARYGILL / 15:00 GRACE TURNER @GRACETURNERMUSIC / 15:20 ELIZABETH @ELIZABETHMUSIC_ / 15:40 CLEA @CLEAMUSIC / 16:00 ALICE SKYE @ALICESKYE / 16:20 TOM LYNGCOLN @TOMLINGCOLN / 16:40 FRANCESCA GONZALES @FRANCESCAGONZALES_ / 17:00 JACKY WINTER @JACKY WINTER / 17:20 ASHA JEFFERIES @ASHAJEFFERIES / 17:40 MORETON @MORETON_ / 18:00 EILISH GILLIGAN @EILISHGILLIGAN / 18.20 HANNAH BLACKBURN @_HANNAHBLACKBURN_ / 18:40 CANDY @ CANDY_Y_Y_Y_Y / 19:00 RAT!HAMMOCK @RATHAMMOCKMUSIC / 19:20 JUNE JONES @JUNE__JONES / 19:40 CRY CLUB @CRYCLUBMUSIC / 20:00 ANGIE MCMAHON @ANGIEMCMAHON / 20:20 ROMY (RVG) @RVG___ / 20:40 ZOE FOX @ZOEFOXMUSIC / 21:00 RO @THEATGALRO / 21:20 DIDIRRI @DIDIRRI_ / 21:40 GOOD MORNING @GOODFKNMORNING / 22:00 CHITRA @CHITRAMUSIC / 22:20 STELLA DONNELLY @STELLADONNELY / 22:40 SPACEY JANE @SPACEY_JANE / 23:00 CARLA GENEVE @CARLA_GENEVE / 23:20 MERPIRE @MERPIREMUSIC / 23:40 FAN GIRL @FANGIRLMUSIC / 24:00 HARVEY SUTHERLAND @HARVEYSUTHERLAND Sunday March 22 11:50 WELCOME! @MILLYLALA & @MERPIRE MUSIC / 12:00 THE LITTLE LORD ST BAND @THELITTLELORDSTREETBAND / 12:20 PHIA @LISTENTOPHIA / 12:40 AINSLIE WILLS @AINSLIEWILLS / 13:00 MIMI GILBERT @MIMIGILBERT / 13:20 JESS RIBEIRO @JESSRIBEIROMUSIC / 13:40 SUNBEAM SOUND MACHINE @SUNBEAMSOUNDMACHINE / 14:00 EL [email protected] / 14:20 NOAH DILLON @NOAHDILLONMUSIC / 14:40 HALLIE @HALLIEEE / 15:00 ALPHAMAMA @ALPHAMAMA / 15:20 TAMARA AND THE DREAMS @TAMARAANDTHEDREAMS / 17:40 NO FRILLS TWINS @NOFRILLSTWINS / 18:00 LUPA J @LUPAJ / 18:20 MOANING LISA @MLBAND / 18:40 HAYLEY MARY @HAYLEYMARYMUSIC / 19:00 COLUMBUS @COLUMBUS_BNE / 19:20 YOURS TRULY @YOURSTRULY_BAND / 19:40 SPUTNIK SWEETHEART @SPTNKSWTHRT / 20:00 BAKERS EDDY @BAKERSEDDY / 20:20 TOWNS @TOWNSTOWNSTOWNS / 20:40 EMMA RUSSACK @EMMARUSSACK / 21:00 LIV CARTLEDGE @LIVCARTLEDGE / 21:20 ELIZA AND THE DELUSIONALS @ELIZAANDTHEDELISIONALS / JULIA JACKLIN @JULIAJACKLIN / 22:00 JACOB DIAMOND @JACOB_DIAMOND / 22:20 SKÿE @IAMSKYEMUSIC / 22:40 PALM SPRINGS @MODCON_ / 23:00 THE BUOYS @THE_BUOYS / 23:20 LUCY PEACH @LUCYPEACHES / 23:40 FERLA @GFERLA / 24: LANKS @LANKSMUSIC'

  • Classification

    Art & craft, Community activity, Promotional materials

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    History

  • Type of item

    Image

  • Keywords

    Music, Music Festivals, Performing Arts, Fundraising Events, Mental Health, Charity Fundraising, Social Media, Broadcasting, Graphic Design, Graphic Arts, Posters, Welfare, Community Art Festivals, Community Organisations, Community Groups, Music Performances, Musicians, Homes