Together Apart: Life in Lockdown

Cover Together Apart Jude van Daalen smallMonday 12 July to Tuesday 17 August at Williamstown Library

When COVID-19 hit Melbourne harder than a runaway tram, our lives changed – literally overnight. 'Together Apart: Life in Lockdown' gives a rare glimpse into life in lockdown, beautifully capturing the isolation, frustration, hope, humour, and innate human need for togetherness that quickly became part of the Hobsons Bay community's daily lives.

This exhibition is based on the book 'Together Apart: Life in Lockdown'. Photographed and written by locals Jude van Daalen and Belinda Jackson, 'Together Apart: Life in Lockdown' is a beautiful, limited edition black-and-white coffee table book featuring 60 interviews and portraits of people in the Hobsons Bay community.


Together Apart: Meet the Authors

Photographer Jude van Daalen and editor Belinda Jackson join us to talk about their experience capturing Melbourne's lockdown through 'Together Apart: Life in Lockdown'

Jude is a portrait photographer working from her studio in Melbourne’s west. She has over 15 years’ experience telling stories through photography, translating those experiences into gallery-style artwork, and has established her book imprint and art brand, Van Jude. She originates from Utrecht in the Netherlands, where she also had a thriving photography studio. See

Belinda has worked as a features writer, finance journalist and currently specialises in travel. Originally from Melbourne, she’s visited every continent, and lived in three. Trips of a lifetime, she’s had a few, from playing piano on the sea crossing to Antarctica, hiking through ancient olive groves in Palestine and dancing at Russian nightclubs. When the world is not shut down, she is a columnist for The Age/Sydney Morning Herald’s Traveller section. See

Tuesday 3 August
6.30pm to 7.30pm
Williamstown Library



We are taking precautions to help us stay COVID-safe:

  • Bookings are required. To help us keep track of numbers, please remember to include all participants in your booking.
  • Please arrive early so that you can be checked in before the session begins.
  • If you can’t attend, please cancel (by responding to your confirmation email) so that someone else can come along.
  • Spaces are limited to allow for social distancing.

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